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Title Australian Biography Series 10 : Tom Bass
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 27 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Sculptor. Born Lithgow, NSW, 1916. Died 2010. Tom Bass was one of Australia's leading sculptors, having created many of the country's most significant public works. His commissions included pieces for the National Library, Canberra's Civic Square and numerous churches and universities. However, none of his sculptures are in art gallery collections. His philosophy was that the sculptor is the seer or spokesperson for the community, whose role is to create "public totems”, not “mantlepiece ornaments”. “I saw the whole of Australia as a blank sheet that had to be written on,” said Tom. Born into poverty in Lithgow, NSW in 1916, it was his childhood experiences in Gundagai that inspired Tom to become an artist. After working as a swaggie and at other odd jobs, and surviving on a diet of rolled oats in every conceivable form, he studied at Datillo Rubbo Art School and later at the National Art School. In the 1970s, he established his own sculpture school and he was still passionately teaching at the age of 88. Tom's own life and work had a deep spiritual dimension, which he shared in this interview. Married twice, and the father of six children, he reflected on God, religion, war, beauty, family, marriage and his vision of public art and sculpture. A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2006
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Bass, Tom, 1916-
Bass, Tom -- Interviews.
Sculptors -- Australia -- Biography -- Interviews
Australian people -- Biography -- Interviews
Genre/Form Biographies.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Freedman, Rod, director, Producer
Hughes, Robin, Presenter
Bass, Tom, Featureditor
Kanopy (Firm)