David Blackwood has been telling stories about Newfoundland in the form of epic visual narratives for 30 years. He is widely regarded as Canada’s most accomplished printmaker. (Above: Fire Down the Labrador (left) and The Great Peace of Brian and Martin Winsor)
His strangely beautiful images have come to represent to many of us the essence of Newfoundland’s landscape and traditional culture. (Below: Outward Bound)
I have a particular love of this image, Hauling Job Sturges House, the cover on some editions of Annie Proulx’s novel The Shipping News. It fits the scene where a house is hauled across the ice with ropes in the gray winter of Newfoundland.
“He has created an iconography of Newfoundland which is as universal as it is personal, as mythic as it is rooted in reality, and as timeless as it is linked to specific events,” the Art Gallery of Ontario said in notes for a 2011 exhibition.
See this half hour National Film Board of Canada documentary on Blackwood if you want to delve more deeply into his extraordinary etching. See the video, here.
David Blackwood’s website, here.
Represented by Abbozzo Gallery, here.
Canadian Encyclopedia entry, here.
This is #5 in the series 150 Artists.