Celebrating visual art of the human form / Célébrer l’art visuel de la forme humaine

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Figureworks Virtual Event: A chat with Tom Van de Wouwer

Join Figureworks and Belgian artist Tom Van de Wouwer for a virtual chat and meet-and-greet on Saturday March 13th at 1pm EST. More information and registration

A Figureworks board director, Ran Yang, will interview Tom about his recent work and the tension between art-making and building technical skills in this informal fireside chat. After the interview, attendees will be put into breakout rooms to chat with each other about art and the figure and have some one-on-one time with Tom, who will spend a few minutes in each breakout room to answer attendees' questions.

The interview will be conducted in English, but questions in French will be translated by our host.

Tom Van de Wouwer is an artist born in Kapellen, Belgium. He has exhibited his work in Belgium, the UK, and the USA, and his work is collected internationally. His work has largely focused on people and portraits and more recently has evolved to explore the human condition through a contemporary painter's visual and historical language.

Congratulations to our 2019 winner, John Healey for his piece Michigan Man after Arcimboldo

The described by the jury; "the technical brilliance of this composition is at once classical and contemporary. The materials used are a testament of the precarious state of our environment at this time, and foretells the dire consequences of our consumption habits."

See the 2019 Gallery of Finalists & Winners

Next call for artists will be in 2022

After 10 consecutive editions of Figureworks shifting from an annual to a biennial prize. We are also taking an extra year to develop a new strategic plan for Figureworks to guide our organization into the future. The Figureworks Prize will return with a call for artists in 2022.

About Figureworks

Figureworks is a biennial juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form. We are a Canadian, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization based in Ottawa, Ontario. Our mission is to cultivate and exhibit art of the human form, to bring together a community of artists, and to celebrate their art through the Figureworks prize.

At Figureworks we believe strongly in providing artists with an excellent opportunity to exhibit their work and endeavour to increase the prize money every year. Entry fees and sponsorship are used for basic operational costs and prize money only. Sale of art works at the exhibition are commission free.