"My work is inspired by my passion for human rights issues and the environment, and by my love of family, music and nature."
~ Susan Dorothea White

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News and editorial on exhibitions, workshops, books and artworks by Susan Dorothea White.



A finalist in the 2018 Sculptures at Bayside Acquisition Prize, Susan Dorothea White exhibited her large bronze Stretching the imagination  at Cook Park, Kyeemagh,  during the Bayside Arts Festival.

Stretching the imagination

Stretching the imagination


Stretching the imagination - Enlargement


March 2017

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 were also selected for this exhibition: Lost for words, Measure for measure.


To cut both ways

ARTVOICES: Feature Article

Winter 2014

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...” download the complete article below

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Insight (muscles of facial expression), 2006

WORKSHOPS: Anatomy Drawing


White gives interactive drawing presentations on how visual art helps us to understand the human body.  With pencil and sketchbook in hand, each participant learns to draw the human form while experiencing a journey through art history.  Selected artworks are analysed to reveal the insight of artists from prehistoric times to the present

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

See anatomy drawings

Past workshops

Insights – How visual art helps us to understand the human body, Feb. 2012.  Guild Hall, Bath, UK; 

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.

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

White co-established these workshops, which were open to the public and gave an opportunity for studying and drawing anatomical specimens in a laboratory under the guidance of the artist and an anatomy professor.

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

Drawing on Rodin Anatomy drawing workshop to discover what’s under the skin, Jan. 2002. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Draw Like Da Vinci

BOOK: Draw Like Da Vinci

Written and illustrated by Susan Dorothea White; published in English (Cassell Illustrated, Masterclass Series, 2006), French (Eyrolles, 2007), Danish (Bonniers, 2006), and Hungarian (Ventus, 2006).

See reviews of book

Also published in French (2007), Danish (2006), Hungarian (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!" about.com
Cassell Illustrated, Masterclass Series, 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1-844034-44-4. ISBN-10: 1-844034-44-5

Cassell Illustrated, Masterclass Series, 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1-844034-44-4. ISBN-10: 1-844034-44-5

"... 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..." (see Book Reviews)

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.

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

I was inspired to paint after Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, by the narrative drama and magnificent composition of Leonardo's painting. I wanted to challenge the patriarchal concept of thirteen men on one side of a table that is accepted as a celebrated religious symbol. In place of the men, all with similar features, I painted an international group of women. The significance of the Australian bicentennial in 1988 influenced my painting. There were conflicting attitudes towards this 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first settlers in Australia. Although many celebrated the bicentennial, Aboriginal people and their supporters saw it as a commemoration of a white invasion. In place of the central Christ figure is an Aboriginal woman wearing a T-shirt bearing the Aboriginal flag. The other women represent people living in Australia today from different parts of the world. Foods originating from different regions of the world are positioned on the table, in relation to the women. The figure in the position of Leonardo's Judas, is a blonde holding an Aboriginal dilly-bag in place of the money-purse - she has a can of Coca-Cola and a hamburger, while the rest each have a glass of water and a bread roll. The large rock through the left window is an important sacred site for Aboriginal people, called Uluru; it was returned to them recently as freehold land by the Australian Government.

- Susan Dorothea White

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 in The Netherlands.
Two ARTWORKS (etching; painting) stolen from The Seymour Centre, Sydney in 1978

  • Beatrice, the paper-seller of the White Bay Intersection, 1986
    acrylic on panel
  • The shy egg, 1990
  • The man in drag, the violinist, the artist, and the thief on a tram in Amsterdam, 1990
    acrylic on panel
  • Poster design for International Year of Peace, 1986
    pen, gouache, mixed media
  • Shunga II, 1988
  • Backyard gossip in Weesp - Homesick, 1991
    acrylic on panel
  • Woodworm: no. 1, 1987
    red sirus
  • Close-knit family, 1990
  • Two (etching), 1978
  • Shunga I, 1988
  • Wollondilly River, 1976

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