Price Realized: $
Date: 1983
Artist: David Lloyd Blackwood
Medium: etching with aquatint on paper; ed.#3/50
Dimensions: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

signed, titled, dated & editioned
Note: This work is illustrated as plate 53 in “Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland” (Lochnan; Art Gallery of Ontario, 2011); it also appears on page 9 of “David Blackwood: Master Printmaker” (Gough; Firefly Books, 2001), with the following excerpt on page 7:

In David Blackwood’s work, every item tells a story, as do Uncle Sam Kelloway’s mitts here:

The traditional design of diamonds with little arrow shapes echoes the diamond shapes of windows in some of Wesleyville’s homes; similar patterns are painted on fishing-shed doors to keep the Devil away. The spread of the mitts’ fingers indicates the way nets must be handled; the worn wood of the cutting table is vital, letting us know this was a time when fish were plentiful. The arrangement of the mitts tells us about the person who placed them there moments ago. The scuff marks scraped across the table, the glow around the edge, are particular and driven by an inner light. Without ever having seen Uncle Sam, we know about him and his life.

LOT: 82

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