Black, Wendy


Wendy Black is based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney .

Her interest in portraiture began during an Art Foundation course at Exeter Art School, UK, after exploring other artistic avenues, Wendy began sculpting from life models with Tom Bass at his school in Erskineville in the mid 90s. “Of all the artistic avenues I have explored, sculpting from life has been the most satisfying and absorbing. I love the endless variations of portraiture.”

Wendy has been teaching at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School since 2005, and has also conducted workshops at the Sydney Sculpture School, The Shed  and Cootamundra Art Centre.



  • Sir Donald Bradman for Sunbury Public Art project, Hume Council Victoria. 2011
  • 3 reliefs of Edmund Rice for Christian Bros Lewisham, completed 2009
  • Ricky Ponting, Kim Hughes, Percy McDonnell, portrait busts for the Cootamundra Shire Council, Australian Cricket Captains walk, Jubilee Park, Cootamundra. 2006 – 2009
  • Madonna and child, commemorative gift commissioned by Christian Bros Lewisham 2007
  • Mr Maly, portrait bust, private commission 2007
  • Paddington, private commission 2006


  • Margaret Olley 2011, photographed by House and Garden for January 2012 tribute.
  • Tom Bass 2009
  • David 2008
  • Benedicta 2005
  • Farida 2003


  • Sydney Art Show 2011
  • Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Darling Park,  August 2003 – 2011
  • Sculpture in the Vineyard 2010
  • 8 Sculptors at the Exhibition Space, TBSS, 2009
  • Breeze – Sculpture by the bush, Hornsby, 2006
  • Mosman Street Exhibition, 2006
  • Nowa Nowa Nudes 2005
  • Inaugural Marrickville Open Studio Trail 2005, July 2005
  • Sculpture 2005. Jan 2005
  • Women’s Sculpture Exhibition 2000, ABC Foyer.


Wendy Black in her studio

Wendy Black in her studio

2005 – 2015 currently teaching part time (Adult) workshop classes at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School and some holiday workshops in portraiture, soapstone and alabaster
2013, 2015-AGNSW Soapstone workshop
2011, 2013 – Sculpture workshop with Sales staff of S&S wholesale
2011 – Life study workshops Sydney Sculpture School
2009, 2010, 2015 Sculpture workshops at Cootamundra Art Centre
2009 – Sculpture Desert walk
2007 – 2011 – The Shed Life study workshops