Born in 1941 in Wesleyville, Newfoundland, master printmaker David Blackwood was born into a family of seafaring men, both his grandfather and father were sea captains. A young David Blackwood would listen to incredible stories of his elders while having breakfast at the kitchen table. Blackwood would become a master storyteller in his own right, visually narrating fascinating stories of the legends, lives, and history of Newfoundlanders, through his magnificent etchings that have been celebrated and enjoyed throughout Canada and abroad.
David Blackwood, 1984, Passage,
etching and aquatint, 14 in. x 33.5 in.,
signed, titled and dated 1984, and numbered 31/50 in the lower margin.
As the writer, William Gough noted “For Newfoundlanders, much of living in Newfoundland has involved going away from home. It is part of the Island’s history, sometimes born of economic necessity, and part of being a people who chose to live where they were forbidden to settle.”1 This dramatic and rhythmically composed etching titled Passage by David Blackwood was reproduced in the major art survey book titled David Blackwood, Master Printmaker, 2001. Blackwood’s compelling images bring the stories of Newfoundland’s legends and history to light.
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1William Gough, David Blackwood: Master Printmaker, Douglas and McIntyre Ltd., 2001, pg. 103
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