David Lloyd BlackwoodDavid Lloyd Blackwood, printmaker, painter (b at Wesleyville, Nfld 7 Nov 1941). Although Blackwood lives in Port Hope, Ontario, his attachment in his subject matter is to his Newfoundland past, and particularly to Wesleyville, on Bonavista Bay where he still maintains a studio. Around this setting, he has created an almost epic story celebrating the community's 63 skippers and 12 captains. Blackwood sees himself as part of Newfoundland tradition, as a balladeer who tells a story in visual images.
Blackwood studied PRINTMAKING, and today he is considered one of Canada's important etchers. Since graduating in 1963 from Toronto's Ontario College of Art, he has taught drawing and painting at Trinity College School in Port Hope. From 1969 to 1975 he was artist in residence at the University of Toronto's Erindale College in Mississauga, where there is today a gallery named after him. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Inuit Art Foundaion, Ottawa. In 1974 he was the subject of the National Film Board of Canada production BLACKWOOD, recipient of 10 international film awards, and in 1988, William Gough published a book about his work, The Art of David Blackwood. In 1992, he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Calgary. In 1993, he was awarded the Government of Canada National Heritage Award as well as the ORDER OF CANADA. In 2002 he was made a member of the ORDER OF ONTARIO and in 2003 was appointed Honorary Chair, the ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO.
In 2000, the Art Gallery of Ontario was the recipient of a major gift of prints from David and Anita Blackwood, making the AGO collection the "collection of record" for the artist's work and a centre for the study of his prints.