David Blackwood: A Sweeping Narrative brings the work of the Newfoundland painter and master printmaker to the fore. Included are three major new paintings.
“Fragment” and “Triptych” are part of the ongoing (beginning in 1990) series based on Ephraim Kelloway’s Door. The door was part of a fishing shed adjacent to Blackwood’s studio in his home town of Wesleyville, Newfoundland. The door has been depicted across various mediums: etching, watercolour, drawing, oil and encaustic painted constructions.
“The Lloyd Jack” is one in a series of paintings portraying well known Wesleyville ‘Labrador fishing schooners. The Lloyd Jack was built in Le Havre, Nova Scotia in 1899 and was originally known as the P M Owen. It was rebuilt in Wesleyville in 1926 and named after the two sons, Lloyd and Jack, of its owner, Captain Eldon Bishop. For many years the schooner was primarily involved with the Labrador cod fishery.
Also included in the exhibition are Blackwood’s colourful watercolours and many examples of the artist’s copper-plated etchings – including the newly released “Bragg’s Island: Hauling Oram’s House.”
Born 1941 in Wesleyville, Newfoundland, David Blackwood is a respected visual storyteller. His work reflects the legend and landscape of his native Newfoundland.
He has been exhibited nationally and internationally in 90 solo and scores of group shows; he has been the subject of two major retrospectives and the National Film Board's 1974 Academy-Award nominated documentary film BLACKWOOD; and his work, which has been the subject of three major books, can be found in virtually every major public gallery and corporate art collection in Canada, as well as in major private and public collections around the world, including the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
In 2000, the Art Gallery of Ontario created the Blackwood Research Centre, making the AGO the official institution of record for the painter's work. Blackwood is a member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario, and was Honourary Chairman, Art Gallery of Ontario.
His work has been the subject of 3 major publications: The Art of David Blackwood, text by William Gough, McGraw-Hill Ryerson 1988; David Blackwood: Master Printmaker, text William Gough, Douglas & McIntyre 2001; and Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, text by Katharine Lochnan & others, Douglas & McIntyre & The Art Gallery of Ontario 2011.