David Blackwood

David Blackwood’s depictions of the life, the landscape, and the people of Newfoundland have produced, over the past four 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 organized and presented at the AGO in 2011,  travelled to Newfoundland in 2012 and Victoria in 2013.

Currently available works

 

Other works not currently available

 

 

  Biography

  • Born 1941 in Wesleyville, Newfoundland.
  • 1959 Graduated from Wesleyville Memorial High School
  • 1959 Awarded Government of Newfoundland Centennial Scholarship
  • 1963 Ontario College of Art Honours Diploma (Drawing & Painting)
  • 1963 Awarded OCA travelling scholarship to study major collections in the U.S.A.
  • 1963 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 Artist-in-Residence, Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga
  • 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
  • 1992 Awarded Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, University of Calgary
  • 1992 Awarded Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, Memorial University
  • 1993 Awarded ‘Heritage Award’, Canadian Parks Service, Government of Canada
  • 1993 Awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the artistic and cultural life of Canada
  • 2000 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.
  • 2001 Co-authored with William Gough, with an appreciation by Annie Proulx, David Blackwood, Master Printmaker
  • 2002 A Time at the Hall , world premiere by the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir of two original musical composition based on works by the artist.
    Named to the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
  • 2003 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. David Blackwood maintains a studio in Port Hope, Ontario and in Wesleyville, Newfoundland.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 ‘Revelation’, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2013 ‘Black Ice’, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • 2012 ‘Black Ice’ and ‘Back in the Day’ – The Rooms, St. John’s, NL
  • 2011 ‘Black Ice’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON -
  • 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 Recent 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
  • 2004 Down on the Labrador, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC
  • 2003 The Mummer’s Veil, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON Drawings to Etchings, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
  • 2003 Go Figure, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON Water, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2002 Explorations and Discoveries: The International Code, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON Fire Down on the Labrador: The Creative Process, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 2002 ‘Bragg’s Island Revisited’ Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2001 The International Code, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2000 ‘Visits and Discoveries’ Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
  • 2000 ‘Important Early Etchings’ Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2000 ‘The David Blackwood Exhibition’ The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, Kingston, Ontario
  • 2000 ‘David Blackwood: Signal Flags’ Edward Day Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
  • 1999 ‘Monotypes 1990-1999’ The Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • 1999 ‘A Survey of Prints 1990-1999’ Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1999 ‘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’;
  • 1998 The West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta and Victoria, B.C.
  • 1998 ‘Oil Tempera Paintings’, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1998 ‘The International Code’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1998 ‘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
  • 1997 ‘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
  • 1996 ‘Blackwood in Calgary: A Broader View’, Selections from Private Collections, Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary
  • 1996 ‘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
  • 1995 ‘Gadus Morhua: Recent Oil Tempera Paintings’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ont., November 16 – December 11.
  • 1995 ‘Paintings & Related Works on Paper’, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., September 10 – October 1.
  • 1995 ‘Icons’, Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s Newfoundland, September 16.
  • 1995 ‘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.
  • 1994 ‘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
  • 1993 ‘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
  • 1991 Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1990 The Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.
  • 1990 ‘Ephraim Kelloway’s Door Paintings 1985-1990’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario, Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1990 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • 1989 Heffel Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1989 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • 1988 ‘David Blackwood Monotypes’, Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1987 ‘Monotypes’, The Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.
  • 1987 The Madison Gallery, (Monotypes), Toronto, Ontario
  • 1987 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • 1987 ‘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.
  • 1986 The Madison Gallery (watercolours), Toronto, Ontario
  • 1986 ‘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
  • 1985 Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.
  • 1985 Gallery Guilia, Rome
  • 1985 ‘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.
  • 1984 Cape Freels Art Council, Wesleyville, Nfld.
  • 1984 ‘David Blackwood Prints 1962-1984’, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie
  • 1983 ‘Prints: A Retrospective 1965-1983’, Gallery Quan, Toronto
  • 1983 Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • 1983Labrador City Arts Council, Labrador City, Labrador
  • 1982 Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1982 Robertson Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1981 Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1981 West End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1981  ‘David Blackwood: Prints’, Survey travelling exhibition of 30 prints organized and circulated by The Art Gallery of Ontario, circulated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, B.C.; Burnaby Art Gallery, B.C.; Canadian Consulate Art Gallery, Boston, Maine
  • 1980 ‘David Blackwood: Prints’, The University of Maine at Orono,Maine
  • 1979 Gallery Graphics, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1979 Gallery Royale, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1979 West End Gallery, Edmonton
  • 1978 Gallery Pascal, Toronto,Ontario
  • 1978 ‘David Blackwood: Prints’, circulated to Whitby Art Gallery, Ontario; Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.
  • 1977 Gallery 1640, Montréal, P.Q.
  • 1977 ‘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
  • 1975 Gallery 1640, Montréal, P.Q.
  • 1974 Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1974 ‘David Blackwood: Prints’, New Brunswick Museum, St. John, New Brunswick
  • 1973 Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1973 Wells Gallery, Ottawa
  • 1972 Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Gallery 1640, Montréal, P.Q.
  • 1972 Damkjar Burton Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1972 Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1972 Warwick Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1972 ‘David Blackwood: Prints’, McKenzie Art Gallery, Trent University, Peterborough
  • 1971 Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Damkjar Burton Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1971 Wells Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
  • 1971 MacIntosh Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • 1970 New Brunswick Museum, St. John, New Brunswick
  • 1970 University of New Brunswick Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • 1970 St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1969 Gallery Pascal, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Wells Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1969 Mount Allison University Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • 1969 Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1968 University of Alberta Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968 Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 1967 Trinity College School, Port Hope,Ontario
  • 1967 Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • 1967 McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1965 Brantford Art Gallery, Brantford, Ontario

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 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
  • 2003 – ‘Go Figure’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
    ‘10th Anniversary Exhibition’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
    ‘Water’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 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
  • 1973 ‘Aspects of Canadian Graphics’, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 ‘International Graphics ‘71’, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, P.Q.
  • 1971 ‘First International Biennial Prints’
  • 1970 Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition
  • 1969 ‘Canadian Graphics ‘69’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 ‘Three Canadian Printmakers: Blackwood, Frankel, Pachter’, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, P.Q.
  • 1968 Ninth Annual Calgary Graphics
  • 1967 ‘Canadian Watercolour Painting’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 ‘The Centennial Exhibition for Australia and New Zealand’, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1967 Atlantic Pavilion, Expo ’67, Montréal, P.Q.
  • 1967 ‘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
  • 1965 ‘Three Canadian Printmakers: Blackwood, Frankel, Pachter’, Sarnia Art Gallery
  • 1964 ‘Biennial of Canadian Prints’, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

  • 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 Uffizi, Florence, Italy
  • Government of Ontario
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • Gulf Oil
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • Hamilton Art Gallery
  • Trent University
  • Hart House, University of Toronto
  • University of Alberta
  • Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (Windsor Castle)
  • University of British Columbia: Belkin Gallery
  • Horizon Holidays
  • University of Calgary: Nickel Museum
  • Humber College
  • University of Toronto
  • Imperial Oil
  • University of Maine
  • Kaiser Resources
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Jonathan’s of Oakville
  • University of Windsor
  • Le Banque National du Canada
  • University of Western Ontario: MacIntosh Gallery
  • Labatt’s Limited
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Lambton Art Gallery
  • William Mercer Ltd.
  • Laurentian University
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • York-Finch Hospital