Bass was an Australian public sculptor and teacher with a career spanning over 60 years. Born in 1916, Bass studied drawing at Dattilo Rubbo's atelier from 1937-40, and sculpture at the National Art School from 1946-48. His community-focused work is featured in many prominent Australian public spaces and institutions, including schools, universities and churches, as well as government and corporate sites. In 1974, Bass established the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, where he taught until his death. He died in February 2010.