David Blackwood

Abbozzo Gallery has represented David Blackwood for over 15 years, has held many solo exhibitions of his work and has published several catalogues and posters for these exhibitions.

The gallery has an extensive list of clients wishing to purchase older work so if you are interested in selling art work by Mr. Blackwood, please contact us.

David Blackwood’s depictions of the life, the landscape, and the people of Newfoundland have produced, over the past five decades, a body of work which holds a special place in the Canadian imagination. His strangely beautiful images have come to represent to many of us the essence of Newfoundland’s landscape and traditional culture. Part personal biography, part cultural document, part mythic narrative, his work forms an ongoing chronicle of the distinctive stories, both epic and personal, which have shaped his life and the life of his native province. He is widely regarded as Canada’s most accomplished printmaker.

The ‘Black Ice’ Exhibition of a selection of work by David Blackwood was organized and presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Ontario in 2011,  and travelled to St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2012 and Victoria, British Columbia in 2013.

Biography

DAVID BLACKWOOD   C.M., OOnt., R.C.A, C.P.E.

1941                Born in Wesleyville, Newfoundland.

1959                Graduated from Wesleyville Memorial High School

Awarded Government of Newfoundland Centennial Scholarship

1963                Ontario College of Art Honours Diploma (Drawing & Painting)

Awarded OCA travelling scholarship to study major collections in the U.S.A.

Awarded Government of France (Ingres) Medal

1963-88           Appointed Art Master at Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario

1964                Purchase Award Biennial Exhibition, National Gallery of Canada

1969-75           Appointed first Artist-in-Residence, Erindale College, University of Toronto

1971                Founded Erindale College Art Gallery, University of Toronto, Mississauga

1973                Co-authored with Farley Mowat ‘Wake of the Great Sealers’, published by McClelland & Stewart

1974                Subject of National Film Board of Canada production ‘Blackwood’, recipient of 10 international film awards including The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscar) nomination in1976 for Best documentary

1988                Co-authored with William Gough ‘The Art of David Blackwood’, published by McGraw Hill Ryerson

1992                Official opening of The Blackwood Gallery, Erindale College, University of Toronto at Mississauga, named in honour of the artist.

Awarded Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, University of Calgary

Awarded Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, Memorial University

1993                Awarded ‘Heritage Award’, Canadian Parks Service, Government of Canada

Awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the artistic and cultural life of Canada

Establishment of a Blackwood Research Centre by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Marvin Gelber Print and Drawing Centre, in conjunction with a major donation of the artist’s prints. The AGO becomes the gallery of record for the artist.

Co-authored with William Gough, with an appreciation by Annie Proulx, ‘David Blackwood, Master Printmaker’.

‘A Time at the Hall’, world premiere by the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir of two original musical compositions based on works by the artist.

Named to the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Awarded the Order of Ontario in recognition of his outstanding contribution to

the cultural life of the Province.

Appointed  Honourary Chairman of the Art Gallery of Ontario; the first time          this post has been awarded to a practicing artist.

Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

2011                Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, text by Katharine Lochnan & others, Douglas & McIntyre & The Art Gallery of Ontario.

Black Ice: David Blackwood’s Prints of Newfoundland, organised by and exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and travelling to The Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2012 and to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, in 2013.

2012                The Rooms, St. John’s, NL, presents Back in the Day: David Blackwood’s Newfoundland & Labrador.

Elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

2013                Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Awarded the Order of the Owl by Artists for Kids Trust, Vancouver, British Columbia.

 SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013                ‘Revelation’, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON

‘Black Ice’, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC, circulated by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

‘Works on Paper, Etchings, Mixed Media and Watercolours’, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC

2012                ‘Blackwood’, Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, NL

‘Black Ice’, The Rooms, St. John’s, NL, circulated by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

‘Back in the Day: David Blackwood’s Newfoundland and Labrador’, The Rooms, St. John’s, NL, co-curated by the artist

2011                ‘Black Ice’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

‘New Watercolours’, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC

2010                ‘Illumination: Ephraim Kelloway’s Door’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

2009                ‘Recent Watercolours’ (Interiors and Landscapes), Winchester Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia

2008                ‘A Form of Meditation’, New Watercolours, Emma Butler Gallery,

St. John’s, Newfoundland

2007                ‘New Etchings and Related Works’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

‘Recent Watercolours’, (Interiors and Landscapes), Winchester Gallery, (Oak Bay), Victoria, BC

2006                ‘Near and Far’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

2005                ‘Flowers for Siromani’, Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s,         Newfoundland

‘The Seabird Hunters’, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario

‘Outport Relics and Related Works’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

  • Down on the Labrador’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

Winchester Gallery, Victoria, British Colombia

  • David Blackwood: The Mummer’s Veil’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

Drawings to Etchings’, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

  • Explorations & Discoveries: The International Code’, Dec. 7, 2002 – Jan. 4,

2003, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario

Fire Down on the Labrador: the Creative Process’, Art Gallery of Ontario

‘Bragg’s Island Revisited’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

2001                ‘The International Code’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

2000                ‘Visits and Discoveries’ Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

Important Early Etchings’ Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario

The David Blackwood Exhibition’ The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, Kingston, Ontario

David Blackwood: Signal Flags’ Edward Day Gallery, Kingston, Ontario

1999                ‘Monotypes 1990-1999’ The Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland

A Survey of Prints 1990-1999’ Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario

            ‘David Blackwood Survey Exhibition 1980-1990’, organized by the Blackwood

Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga and circulated to: The Montréal

Museum of Fine Arts; The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario; The Varley

Art Gallery, Unionville, Ontario; The Art Gallery of Lambton, Sarnia

1998                ‘Recent Oil Tempera Paintings & Related Works on Paper’; The West End Gallery,

Edmonton, Alberta and Victoria, B.C.

Oil Tempera Paintings’, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

                        ‘The International Code’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario

David Blackwood Survey Exhibition 1980-1990’, circulated to: The Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe, P.Q.; The National Exhibition Centre & Museum, Timmins, Ontario; the Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

1997                ‘Oil Tempera Paintings’, The Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland

David Blackwood Survey Exhibition 1980-1990’, circulated to: Moose Jaw Art

Museum & National Exhibition Centre; Swift Current National Exhibition Centre; The Art Gallery of Peterborough; The Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

1996                ‘Outport Relics:Recent Oil Tempera Paintings & Related Works on Paper’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario

Blackwood in Calgary: A Broader View’, Selections from Private Collections, Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary

David Blackwood Survey Exhibition 1980-1990’, circulated to the Kelowna, Art Museum, Kelowna, B.C.; The Nickel Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Alberta; Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta; Kamloops Art Gallery, B.C.; Langley Centennial Museum, Fort Langley, B.C.; Medicine Hat Museum & Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta

1995                ‘Fishing Tales: The Art of David Blackwood’, West End Gallery, Edmonton

Gadus Morhua: Recent Oil Tempera Paintings’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ont., November 16 – December 11.

Paintings & Related Works on Paper’, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., September 10 – October 1.

Icons’, Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s Newfoundland, September 16.

David Blackwood Survey Exhibition 1980-1990’,circulated to:Thunder Bay Art Gallery; Grimsby Public Art Gallery; Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines;

Lynwood Arts Centre, Simcoe; The Gallery, Stratford

1994                ‘David Blackwood – Oil Tempera Paintings’, West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alta.

David Blackwood Survey Exhibition 1980-1990’, circulated to: The Beaverbrook  Art Gallery, Charlottetown; Sir Wilfred Grenfell Art Gallery, Cornerbrook, Nfld;

The Station Gallery, Whitby, Ont; The Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg;

Laurentian University & Art Centre, Sudbury

1993                ‘New Prints and Related Drawings’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario

David Blackwood Survey Exhibition 1980-1990’, circulated to:  L’Universite de Moncton Galerie d’Art, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery; Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.

1991                ‘New Monotypes’ Gallery One, Toronto, Ont. November 9 – December 5  Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1990                The Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.

Ephraim Kelloway’s Door  Paintings 1985-1990’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario

Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

1989                Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

1988                ‘David Blackwood  Monotypes’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario

1987                ‘Monotypes’, The Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.

The Madison Gallery, (Monotypes), Toronto, Ontario

West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

David Blackwood Prints1962-1984’, Travelling exhibition organized by the Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland & The Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault St. Marie,Ontario, circulated to: The Edmonton Art Gallery , The Koffler Centre, Toronto

1986                The Spurrell Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.

The Madison Gallery (watercolours), Toronto, Ontario

David Blackwood Prints 1962-1984’, circulated to Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s; Zuider Zee Museum, Amsterdam; Canada Cultural Centre, Paris; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK

1985                Madison Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.

Gallery Guilia, Rome

David Blackwood Prints1962-1984; circulated to Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada House, London, UK, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Art Gallery, Cornerbrook, Nfld; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

  • Cape Freels Art Council, Wesleyville, Nfld.

David Blackwood Prints 1962-1984’, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie

1983                ‘Prints: A Retrospective 1965-1983’, Gallery Quan, Toronto

                        Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Labrador City Arts Council, Labrador City, Labrador

1982                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

1981                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1981                ‘David Blackwood: Prints’, Survey exhibition of 30 prints organized and circulated by The Art Gallery of Ontario – to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, B.C.; Burnaby Art Gallery, B.C.; Canadian Consulate Art Gallery, Boston, MA

1980                ‘David Blackwood: Prints’, The University of Maine at Orono, Maine

1979                Gallery Graphics, Ottawa, Ontario

Gallery Royale, Vancouver, B.C.

West End Gallery, Edmonton

1978                Gallery Pascal, Toronto,Ontario

David Blackwood: Prints’, circulated to Whitby Art Gallery, Ontario; Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.

1977                Gallery 1640, Montréal, P.Q.

David Blackwood: Prints’, circulated to the Art Centre, Laurentian University, Sudbury; Art Gallery of Peterborough

1976                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

1975                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

Gallery 1640, Montréal, P.Q.

1974                Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

David Blackwood: Prints’, New Brunswick Museum, St. John, New Brunswick

1973                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

Wells Gallery, Ottawa

David Blackwood Prints’, circulated to York University, Toronto; Scarborough College and Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga

1972                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

Gallery 1640, Montréal, P.Q.

Damkjar Burton Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Warwick Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

David Blackwood: Prints’, McKenzie Art Gallery, Trent University, Peterborough

1971                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

Damkjar Burton Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

Wells Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

MacIntosh Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

1970                New Brunswick Museum, St. John, New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick

St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1969                Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

Wells Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Mount Allison University Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick

Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario

1968                University of Alberta Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

1967                Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario

Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland

McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

1965                Brantford Art Gallery, Brantford, Ontario 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2009                ‘Flowers that Last’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

2007                ‘The Architecture Show’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

‘Flowers that Last’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

2005                ‘A Sense of Place’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON

  • Go Figure’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

10th Anniversary Exhibition’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON

Water’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

1982                ‘Canadian Contemporary Prints’, Bronx Museum, NewYork City, N.Y.

1981                ‘People’, University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, N.B.

1978                ‘The Expressionist Image’, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, N.S.

1976                ‘Atlantic Graphics’, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

1975                ‘50th Annual Society of Canadian Painters in Watercolour’, Art Gallery of Ontario,

1974                ‘Homage to Kathleen Fenwick’, Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario

1973                ‘Biennial International De L’estampe’, Paris, France

Aspects of Canadian Graphics’, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto,Ontario

1971                ‘International Graphics ‘71’, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, P.Q.

First International Biennial Prints’,

1970                Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition

1969                ‘Canadian Graphics ‘69’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

Three Canadian Printmakers: Blackwood, Frenkel, Pachter’, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, P.Q.

1968                Ninth Annual Calgary Graphics

1967                ‘Canadian Watercolour Painting’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

The Centennial Exhibition for Australia and New Zealand’, National Gallery of

Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Atlantic Pavilion, Expo ’67, Montréal, P.Q.

Exhibition of Canadian Art: Works from the National Gallery of Canada’, Expo ’67

1966                ‘Biennial of Canadian Prints’, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

1965                Annual Exhibition, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

Three Canadian Printmakers: Blackwood, Frankel, Pachter’, Sarnia Art Gallery

1964                ‘Biennial of Canadian Prints’, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 

Aequanimitas Inc., Calgary

American Anaconda Brass                                                                               London Regional Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Algoma

MacDonald Stewart Collection

Art Gallery of Newfoundland & Labrador

McGill University

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

McMaster University Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Ontario

Memorial University Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Peterborough

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

Bank of Canada

National Gallery of Canada

Bank of Montréal                                                                                               National Gallery of Australia

Bank of Nova Scotia

National Capital Commission: Canadiana Fund

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

New Brunswick Museum

Benson & Hedges                                                                                Northumberland Art Gallery

Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto

Norcen Energy Resources

Brantford Art Gallery

Ontario Ministry of Education

Burnaby Art Gallery

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Canadian High Commission, London

Oregon State University, The Cornvallis Collection

Canada Council Collection

Petro Canada

Canada Trust

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Canadian Pacific

Queen’s University, The Agnes Etherington Gallery

Chase Manhattan Bank

Rothmans

Citicorp – First National Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Confederation Art Gallery

Shell Canada

Dupont Canada

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Edmonton Art Gallery

SNC Lavalin

Ernst & Young

Spelling Productions

Fidelity Investments

St. Mary’s University, Halifax

Finex Capital Corporation

Teleglobe Canada

Government f Canada – External Affairs

Templeton Management

Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Newfoundland

Government of Ontario

The Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Gulf Oil

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Hamilton Art Gallery

Turner Broadcasting

Hart House, University of Toronto

Trent University

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (Windsor Castle)

University of Alberta

Horizon Holidays                                                                                                University of British Columbia: Belkin Gallery

Humber College

University of Calgary: Nickel Museum

Imperial Oil

University of Toronto

Kaiser Resources

University of Maine

Jonathan’s of Oakville

University of Saskatchewan

Le Banque National du Canada

University of Windsor

Labatt’s Limited

University of Western Ontario: MacIntosh Gallery

Lambton Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery

Laurentian University

William Mercer Ltd.

York-Finch Hospital

Winnipeg Art Gallery

 

 

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