David Blackwood, RCA, 1941-

Compass | David Blackwood

Compass | David Blackwood

Compass, 2009
Plate, Limited Edition, Number 79/350.
Size: 10 inch diameter
Price: $450


Details: Digital transfer of original watercolour on glass plate. Signed and titled by David Blackwood on reverse of plate. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art commissioned David Blackwood to create artwork to commemorate then Art Gallery of Ontario CEO Matthew Teitelbaum's selection as the 2009 MOCCA Award recipient. The images are based on the international signal code. Comes with card describing the award.
Provenance: Private Collection, Ontario
Condition: Plate is in excellent condition; signature is partly faded.

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Wreck of the SS Ranger | David Blackwood

Wreck of the SS Ranger | David Blackwood

Wreck of the S.S. Ranger (Lost Party Series), 1972
Etching & Aquatint, Artist Proof to Edition of 25.
Sight size: 16 X 20 inches
Price: $2,600


Details: Signed, dated and titled in pencil by David Blackwood.
Provenance: Private Collection, Ontario.
Condition: Good; has some discolouration in margin around print

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Gram Glover Waiting | David Blackwood

Gram Glover Waiting | David Blackwood

Gram Glover Waiting, 1972
Etching & Aquatint, Number 23/25.
Size: 32 X 20 inches
Price: $3,100


Details: Signed, dated and titled in pencil by David Blackwood.
Provenance: Private Collection, Australia.
Condition: Excellent.

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Uncle Sam Kelloway | David Blackwood

Uncle Sam Kelloway | David Blackwood

Uncle Sam Kelloway, 1983
Etching & Aquatint, Artist Poof #2 of 10, to edition of 50.
Size: 16 X 20 inches
Price: $3,500

Details: Signed, titled and dated in pencil by David Blackwood.
Provenance: Private Collection, Newfoundland
Condition: Excellent

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Cape Spear etching | David Blackwood

Cape Spear etching | David Blackwood

Cape Spear, 1968.
Etching & Aquatint, No. 13 of 25.
Size: 20 X 32 inches. Framed: 29 X 43 inches.
Price: $4,000 - Now Reduced


Details: Signed, titled, dated and numbered by David Blackwood.
Provenance: Private Collection, Toronto.
Condition: Excellent

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Molly Glover Leaving Bragg’s Island | David Blackwood

Molly Glover Leaving Bragg’s Island | David Blackwood

Molly Glover Leaving Bragg's Island, 1972
Etching and Aquatint, Artist Proof 3/10 to Edition of 50
Sight size: 22 X 28 inches
Price: $4,000


Details: Signed, dated and titled in pencil by David Blackwood.
Framed size: approximately 30 X 36 inches.
Provenance: Private Collection, Alberta

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Cape Spear | David Blackwood

Cape Spear | David Blackwood

Cape Spear, 1972.
Original Watercolour
Size: 19 X 24 inches. Framed: 28 X 34 inches.
Price: SOLD


Details: Signed, titled and dated by David Blackwood.
Provenance: Private Collection, Toronto.
Condition: Excellent.

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Mummer in Lantern Light | David Blackwood

Mummer in Lantern Light | David Blackwood

Mummer in Lantern Light, 1993
Etching and Aquatint, No. 70 of 75
Sight size: 14 X 11 inches
Price: SOLD


Details: Signed, dated and titled in pencil by David Blackwood.
Framed size: approximately 20 X 18 inches.
Provenance: Private Collection, Michigan; Edward Day Gallery.

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The Burgeo Whale | David Blackwood

The Burgeo Whale | David Blackwood

The Burgeo Whale: A Whale for the Killing, 1972.
Etching and Aquatint, No. 9 of 50.
Size: 20 X 16 inches. Framed: 28 X 34 inches.
Price: SOLD


Details: Signed, titled, dated and numbered by David Blackwood.
Provenance: Private Collection, Toronto.
Condition: Excellent.

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For Ismael Tiller: The Ledgy Rocks | David Blackwood

For Ismael Tiller: The Ledgy Rocks | David Blackwood

Etching & Aquatint, 1990
Size: 35 X 24 inches
Price: SOLD


Details: Signed, dated 1990, Number 54/75 Edition. Framed size: 41 X 30 inches.
Provenance: Private Collection, Alberta; Douglas Udell Gallery.
Condition: Excellent

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Hauling Job Sturge’s House | David Blackwood

Hauling Job Sturge’s House | David Blackwood

Etching and Aquatint, 1979
Size: 13 X 31 inches.
Price: SOLD


Details: Signed, titled and dated 1979. Artist Proof
Condition: Excellent. Framed with anti-UV Conservation glass.
Provenance: Private Collection, Newfoundland; Franklyn Gallery (Corner Brook)

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Outward Bound for the Labrador | David Blackwood

Outward Bound for the Labrador | David Blackwood

Etching and Aquatint, 1985
Size: 15 X 36 inches.
Price: SOLD


Details: Signed, titled and dated 1985. Artist Proof
Condition: Excellent.
Provenance: Private Collection, Newfoundland; Franklyn Gallery (Corner Brook)

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The Great Peace | David Blackwood

The Great Peace | David Blackwood

The Great Peace of Brian and Martin Winsor
Etching and Aquatint, 1985
Size: 31.5 X 19.75 inches
Price: SOLD


Details: Signed, dated 1985, Artist Proof 7/10, Edition of 50.
Provenance: Private Collection.

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David Blackwood is one of Canada’s most distinguished and iconic living artists.

 

Biography

David Lloyd Blackwood, who lives in Port Hope, Ontario, is best known for his superb and much-sought-after etchings of traditional scenes of life in rugged, outport Newfoundland, where he was born.

The artist and master printmaker’s subject matter features majestic whales, ships, fishermen, sealers, bird hunters, town folk, and the celebrations and disasters that marked Newfoundlanders’ lives in the early 1900s. A recurring theme in David Blackwood’s stunning visual storytelling is man’s struggle to survive in a harsh environment where nature – particularly the cold, unforgiving sea – rules.

David Blackwood’s art is rooted deeply in his memories of growing up in Wesleyville, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, and stories told by his forefathers. David Blackwood’s father was a ship captain. His grandfather was also a ship captain, involved in the massive commercial seal hunts off the Labrador coast in the early 1900s.

Master Printmaker

When David Blackwood portrays the ‘good old days’, his images portray in a spiritual way the essential character of hard-working everyday people, showing their personal strength, dignity, warmth, honesty, determination and faith.

David Blackwood studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, under Carl Schaefer, John Alfsen, J.W.G. (Jock) MacDonald and Frederick Hagan, graduating in 1963 with several awards. He then turned to printmaking and teaching in the Toronto area.

David Blackwood mastered the difficult art of etching in copper plate, adding small details of colour where appropriate – red to show fire, as featured in Fire in Indian Bay.

Books and Exhibitions

David Blackwood’s Newfoundland prints are meticulously handmade in small editions, with each numbered and signed print having unique colour variations. Calling these works “prints” is almost an injustice. (See blog post on David Blackwood’s best “prints”)

David Blackwood has had dozens of solo exhibits, nationally and internationally, including most recently Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland. Black Ice originated at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2011) and has since travelled to The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland (2012). The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will host the exhibit from May to September.

Black Ice features 70 prints spanning 40 years of David Blackwood’s distinguished career, and includes such masterpieces as 1980’s Fire Down on the Labrador. The exhibit draws on 242 archival prints and artifacts David and Anita Blackwood donated to the AGO in 1999.

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