Judith Bluck

b. 1936d. 2011

Judith Bluck was born in London and began carving wood from an early age. During WWII Bluck was evacuated to Yorkshire where she encountered Ripon Clay, which would influence her sculptural practice as an adult.

Working initially in photography, painting, engraving and art restoration, Bluck came to concentrate on large sculptural commissions, often using pressed bricks. See for example the 24-metre-long brick relief, ‘The Legend of the Iron Gates’ in Wilmslow, which was awarded the Otto Beit Medal by the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1989. Bluck won both bronze and silver medals from the Societe des Artistes Francais in Paris.

She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1978, and was a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and of the Art Workers Guild.

As well as Britain and France, Bluck's work has been shown in the United States and in New Zealand.

See also:

Judith Bluck, ‘Isabelle’ (c.1976), Dunedin City Library, CBD, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021