Figureworks ®
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

hours: Saturday, Sunday 1-6PM
and by appointment


fine art of the human form


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Pat Steir
, watercolor on paper, 30" x 24"

Figureworks is dedicated to bringing you contemporary and 20th century fine art that explores the human form. Established artists drawing inspiration from the human figure are represented. Figureworks handles a diverse selection of figurative art incorporating the male and female nude, portraiture and narratives. Many mediums are represented including pencil, pen & ink, oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, glass and sculpture.

Figureworks opened in 2000 and is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, where works on this site and related figurative art may be viewed.

Michael Sorgatz
Run Through the Jungle
acrylic on board, 12" x 8"


Figureworks is pleased to offer original 20th century drawings, paintings and sculpture by prominent WPA, regional and international artists. Artwork will be continually updated as works are sold and/or catalogued. Please contact us for more information concerning pieces posted or additional pieces by listed artists.


: All works within this site are copyrighted and can not be used without Figureworks permission.



William Gropper style

October 27 - EXTENDED until November 25, 2018

In this crunch period with so much riding on these midterms elections, Figureworks is remounting this political series by William Gropper  to encourage the importance of voting and help change some of these bored and smug faces as still seen in Gropper's Senate series from 1973 - over 40 years ago.

After the last primary, Figureworks showcased a body of works by artist William Gropper (1897-1997), whose career spanned over 50 years of challenging American politics. This exhibition highlights Gropper’s final series surrounding Nixon’s Watergate scandal in the 1970’s.  

Gropper was born in New York City in 1897. His parents, Jewish immigrants from Romania and Ukraine, were both employed in the garment industry and the family lived in poverty.  His father was university-educated and fluent in 8 languages, but was unable to find suitable employment in America. The failure of the American economic system to make proper use of his father's talents contributed to William Gropper's lifelong antipathy to capitalism.

In his teenage years, Gropper attended the Ferrer Modern School in New York City, an avant-garde school promoted by anarchist Emma Goldman. Gropper studied under the prominent artists George Bellows and Robert Henri.  A committed radical, Gropper began his career illustrating for such publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and The Morning Freiheit.

Due to his involvement in subversive politics in the 1920s and 1930s and his 1946 painting entitled “William Gropper’s America: Its Folklore”, Gropper was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953.  Blacklisted for the next 20 years, the experience fueled an ambitious series of fifty lithographs entitled Caprichos, from Goya’s 1790’s series.  Gropper’s Capriccios presented a vivid, specific response to McCarthyism, resonating deeply with the underprivileged public and enraging the corrupt, domineering politicians. 

168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211

Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment


Figureworks has an impressive collective of nationally and internationally recognized figure based artists. With the gallery centrally located in Williamsburg Brooklyn, a cultural center for NYC, great attention is given to local artists. Select artists have been listed on the site with various examples of the diversity found in contemporary figurative artwork.


© NOTICE: All works in this site are copyrighted and can not be used without the artist's permission.