DRAWING LIFE by fred hatt


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Callipyge, 2002, by Fred Hatt

“Life Drawing”, a group exhibition at Brooklyn’s Figureworks gallery celebrating twelve years of weekly figure drawing sessions at the gallery continues through July 29.  I have been a regular at Figureworks’ sessions since their inception, and two drawings I made there are in the show.  I posted an announcement of the show before it opened, but I’m posting again because the gallery is having a mid-show reception this Friday, so you have a second chance to meet the artists and check out the beautiful home-like space where we draw and where proprietor Randall Harris features a strong and diverse selection of figurative art.  Here are the details from Figureworks’ official ann0uncement of this week’s reception:

Come to Williamsburg this Friday the 13thOur current exhibition has gained great attention with many drawings sold since the opening reception in June.
New drawings have replaced the sold ones so a mid-show reception is in order.

Our reception is being held to coincide with Williamsburg Every 2nd Friday, a monthly gallery crawl when galleries stay open until 9pm with special events.

Life Drawing
12 Year Celebration
artists include:
Raina Bajpai
Susan Berkowitz
Rodney Dickson
Howard Eisman
Susan Hamburger
Randall Harris
Fred Hatt
Elliot Lloyd
Karen Miles
Doug Safranek
K. Saito
Samantha Smith

June 8 – July 29, 2012
Mid-Show Reception: Friday, July 13th from 6-9PM


fine art of the human form

168 North 6th St. (1 block from Bedford Avenue “L” train)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

hours: Saturday and Sunday from 1-6PM

Since 2000, Figureworks has hosted a weekly life drawing session every Saturday morning before the gallery opens. Over the years we have showcased the drawings from those artists who have faithfully supported these sessions.

This year, taking advantage of this longevity, we have created a timeline using artist’s earlier works with their current endeavors. It is exciting to see this history. Some artists have retained their signature style with more confidence while others have chosen to explore new techniques and various mediums. The diversity of this group is remarkable, especially in medium, which includes Ink, magic marker, oil pastel, watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil.

It is worth noting that these exquisite figure studies were executed from 2 minute to 20 minute poses. They are fresh, spontaneous, and many times unfinished. Foremost, all of these drawings are explorations into form and the study of human anatomy, many never intended to be formally shown.

Figureworks is located at 168 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Bedford Avenue “L” train. The gallery is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-6 PM and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and 20th century fine art of the human form.
For more information please call 718-486-7021 or visit us online at www.figureworks.com



Opening this Friday

Sleeping Weightlifter, 2012, by Fred Hatt. The original drawing is included in the new group show at Figureworks.

New  post coming soon!  In the meantime, there are several current and upcoming events on the Events Calendar.  If you’re in NYC you’re invited to this Friday’s opening reception for a group exhibition celebrating twelve years of regular weekly life drawing sessions at Randall Harris’ Figureworks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  I’ve been attending those sessions regularly almost since the beginning, and two of my drawings are on exhibit, one from 2002 and one from this year.  The opening is Friday June 8 from 6-9 pm, and the work will be on view in the gallery until July 29.  Other artists in the show include Raina Bajpai, Susan Berkowitz, Rodney Dickson, Howard Eisman, Susan Hamburger, Randall Harris, Elliot Lloyd, Karen Miles, Doug Safranek, K. Saito, and Samantha Smith, all my fellow regulars and semi-regulars from the Figureworks sessions – a really interesting and diverse community of artists!

A week later, on Saturday, July 16th, action painter Rie Nishimura is having an opening of her work at CRS, 123 Fourth Avenue in Manhattan.  She’s doing a performance in collaboration with Chaz Ganster, and they’ve enlisted me to do body painting and light effects for it.  The opening will be from 7:30-9:00 and the performance around 8 pm.

One of my drawings is also included in Naked, a group show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  And I’ll be teaching several workshops at this year’s Sirius Rising festival at the Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman, New York, next month.


Figureworks is Ten

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"10 Years of Figureworks" postcard, illustration: Arlene Morris, "Untitled", oil on wooden box, 16" x 16" x 4"

Friday, April 9, 2010 is the opening reception for an exhibit celebrating ten years of Figureworks, Brooklyn’s premiere gallery specializing in figurative art.  Figureworks hosts an open life drawing session on Saturday mornings, and I’ve been a regular at those sessions for years.  Gallery director Randall Harris has selected work by ten artists from his diverse stable for an exhibit to celebrate the anniversary.  I’ll have two color drawings in the show, and I’ll be there at the opening between 6 and 9 Friday evening.  Full info at this link.

“10 Years of Figureworks” is curated by Randall Harris.  It will be on view through June 6, 2010 at Figureworks, 168 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.  The gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.  Open life drawing session is Saturday morning 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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