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David Blackwood: Black Ice
Prints from Newfoundland

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Victoria BC – May 3-Sep 8, 2013

David Blackwood, Fire Down on the Labrador

David Blackwood, Fire Down on the Labrador (1980), etching and aquatint on wove paper [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, May 3-Sep 8] Collection: Art Gallery of Ontario

David Blackwood’s Black Ice: Prints from Newfoundland includes more than 70 prints that date back to 1956 when he opened his first studio.

Black Ice also includes Blackwood’s archive of letters, photographs, maps and nautical artifacts that showcase the historical and cultural period which profoundly inspired this artist: the fishing and sealing communities of rural Newfoundland in the early 1900s.

Known primarily for his intaglio prints, Blackwood is a hugely popular artist internationally and has received both the Order of Canada (1993) and the Order of Ontario (2002). This is his first major Canadian exhibition; curated by Katharine Lochnan and organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, this show originally premiered at the AGO in February 2011.

Although Blackwood left Newfoundland as a teenager to study at the Ontario College of Art, his imagery throughout the years has been steadfast. The peoples of his early life in Wesleyville where he was born are revealed forever in a heroic and luminescent struggle – together as a community – against the ocean and the cold. Combining master printmaking skills and a remarkable talent for storytelling, David Blackwood’s work is a poignant and spellbinding glimpse into a mystical time past.

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Christine Clark

David Blackwood, S.S. Imogene Leaving for the Icefields

David Blackwood, S.S. Imogene Leaving for the Icefields (1973), etching and aquatint on wove paper [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, May 3-Sep 8] Collection: Art Gallery of Ontario

David Blackwood, Flora S. Nickerson Down on the Labrador

David Blackwood, Hauling Job Sturges House (1979), etching and aquatint on wove paper [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, May 3-Sep 8] Collection: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Photo: Ian Lefebvre


David Blackwood, Lone Mummer Inside

David Blackwood, Lone Mummer Inside (1979), etching and aquatint on wove paper [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, May 3-Sep 8]Collection: Art Gallery of Ontario. Photo: Ian Lefebvre

David Blackwood, Flora S. Nickerson Down on the Labrador

David Blackwood, Flora S. Nickerson Down on the Labrador (1978), etching and aquatint on wove paper [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, May 3-Sep 8] Collection: Art Gallery of Ontario

 Sat, Apr 6, 2013