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In the Grip of Caffeine, Gosford sandstone, black concrete base, coffee beans

In the Grip of Caffeine is a finalist in The Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture. Exhibition: Juniper Hall, Paddington (Sydney), 6 to 22 March 2020.


Stretching the Imagination, cast bronze on granite base

Stretching the Imagination and The Spirit of the Willy-willy Wind are currently on exhibition at the historic Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, level 2 concourse (inside). Exhibition dates: 5 November 2019 to 30 March 2020 (8 am to 10 pm).  Further details: ARTPark Australia

The Spirit of the Willy-willy Wind, bronze on Emperador marble box-plinth


Stretching the Imagination is relocated to the Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney, to 26 October 2019. Further details: ARTPark Australia


Stretching the Imagination is relocated to the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, 17 Hickson Road, Dawes Point, Sydney. Exhibition: 1 April to 30 June 2019. Further details: ARTPark Australia 

Stretching the Imagination, cast bronze on granite base


An exhibition of contemporary Australian sculptures on public view at the historic Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, from November 2018 to March 2019. Further details: Further details: ARTPark Australia 

SCULPTURES at BAYSIDE: Finalist 2018

Finalist in Sculptures at Bayside, White exhibited her large bronze Stretching the Imagination at Cook Park, Kyeemagh, during the Bayside Arts Festival, 2018.

Stretching the Imagination

Stretching the imagination


Stretching the Imagination - detail

VENICE: Sapere Aude – Circuito Off 2013

White showed two sculptures and a painting in a curated exhibition Sapere Aude - Circuito Off during the opening month of the 55th Venice Biennale, June 2013.

Miguel Angel Cuevas (Univ. Seville) curated the exhibition, held at Palazzo Ca' Zanardi.
White exhibited: Lost for Words, Measure for Measure, and The Anatomy lesson of Dr Freeman.

The anatomy lesson of Dr Freeman


Susan Dorothea White was awarded the Tracey Dixon First Prize Inside for her sculpture To cut both ways at HarbourSculpture 2017, Sydney.

Two other sculptures by White Lost for words and Measure for measure were also selected for this exhibition.


To cut both ways

Susan D White

ARTVOICES: Feature Article Winter 2014

ARTVOICES, 2014 (front cover)

Feature article on White’s work by Susan Kendzulak in ARTVOICES, 2014 (Winter issue)

“Reviewing her paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures is like looking at a visual diary of her life...” 

Click here to download article PDF

WORKSHOPS: Anatomy Drawing

Drawing the bow - Muscle action of an archer, anterior view


International Embryology Conference for Osteopaths, Guild Hall, Bath, UK, Feb. 2012. Insights – How visual art helps us to understand the human body.  

With pencil and sketchbook in hand, each participant learnt to draw the human form while experiencing a journey through art history. White analysed artworks from prehistoric times to the present, revealing the insight of artists about the human body. Her interactive presentation was followed by a one-day drawing workshop.


Department of Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2000–2007.  Step into Leonardo’s Shoes… Public Workshops in Anatomy Drawing.

White co-established workshops in anatomy drawing, which were held in the Anatomy Laboratory and gave the public an opportunity for studying and drawing actual anatomical specimens under the guidance of the artist and an anatomy professor.  Workshops were run for 5 days during university vacations and on weekends.

Click here to download PDF: P. Karvelas, 'Drawn and quartered' The Australian – Higher Education (2003)


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Feb. 2002.  Rodin Anatomy Drawing Program

White co-conducted a drawing workshop with an anatomy lecturer in conjunction with the NGA exhibition Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession (Dec. 2001 to Feb. 2002).  The workshop gave the public an opportunity to draw Rodin’s sculptures while learning about the underlying anatomy.


See anatomy drawings   

BOOK: Draw Like Da Vinci

Cassell, 2006

Written and illustrated by Susan Dorothea White; published by Cassell Illustrated, Masterclass Series, 2006 (ISBN-13: 978-1-844034-44-4. ISBN-10: 1-844034-44-5).  Also published in French (Eyrolles, 2007), Danish (Bonniers, 2006), and Hungarian (Ventus, 2006).

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Eyrolles, 2007 Bonniers, 2006 Ventus, 2006


"Leonardo himself recommended that students study and copy the works of the masters. With this book, you can do just that!"

"... Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings are among the most magnificent ever created. But how did he achieve his effects? Choose his materials? Define his approach? Susan Dorothea White, an internationally known artist and teacher, helps students gain an invaluable understanding of Da Vinci's techniques for depicting the human form and dealing with perspective, line weight, light, shade, and character..." Cassell Illustrated

The basic principles of drawing are explained through Leonardo's art.  White analyses the fundamentals into seven Ps of drawing – Perspective, Proportion, Perception, Position, Placement, Planes, Priority.  Illustrated with over 100 of her drawings, the book contains exercises on different drawing techniques, including goldpoint and chalk on emery paper.  Being a left-hander helped White decipher Leonardo's technique.

See Book Reviews

PROVENANCE: The First Supper

"The First Supper...shows clearly Susan White's thinking about human rights." - Kunstbeeld (Amsterdam)

Provenance: Exhibited in The Blake Prize Touring Exhibition, Australia (1988–89); Galerie Art & Architecture (Director: Ernst van der Vossen), Amsterdam (1990); Galerie am Buttermarkt, Cologne (1991). Purchased in 1991 for public exhibition in Germany; Volkshochschule, Munich (1992–2003); Augustana Hochschule, Neuendettelsau (2003–8). Vandalized in 2008 and returned to the artist for restoration.

Click here to read Artist Statement

The First Supper

The First Supper

LOST ART: Missing/Stolen

Have you seen any of these artworks? Please CONTACT the artist — any information would be greatly appreciated.

Three PAINTINGS and five SCULPTURES missing, presumed stolen; last seen in The Netherlands in 1994.
One PAINTING and one ETCHING stolen from The Seymour Centre, Sydney in 1977–78.

  • Beatrice the Paper-Seller of the White Bay Intersection / White Bay Intersection, 1986
    acrylic on panel
    (missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • Backyard Gossip in Weesp / Homesick, 1991
    acrylic on panel
    (missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • The Man in Drag, the Violinist, the Artist, and the Thief on a Tram in Amsterdam, 1990
    acrylic on panel
    (missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • Woodworm, no. 1, 1987
    red sirus
    (missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • Close-Knit Family, 1990
    (edition no. 1/7 missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • The Shy Egg, 1990
    (edition no. 1/4 missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • Shunga I, 1988
    (edition no. 1/9 missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • Shunga II, 1988
    (edition no. 2/9 missing/stolen in The Netherlands)
  • Two (etching), 1978
    (stolen from Seymour Centre, Sydney)
  • Wollondilly River, 1976
    (stolen from Seymour Centre, Sydney)
  • Poster Design for International Year of Peace, 1986
    pen, gouache, mixed media
    (missing in Poland)

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