David Lloyd Blackwood

Canadian [1941-2022]

Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Order of Canada, Ontario Society of Artists, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

David Lloyd Blackwood was born in Wesleyville, Newfoundland. Known primarily for his etchings, Blackwood sought to bring life to the coastal ways of living and the tales of Eastern Canada. Being one of Canada’s most influential visual storytellers, David achieved a multitude of great accomplishments and found widespread success and notability throughout his career.

David Blackwood’s early life was ripe with aspirations of continuing his family’s legacy and becoming a fisherman. His grandfather, and his father were both fishermen, David spent many summers aboard his father’s schooner The Flora S. Nickerson. It is these early memories in which a great deal of inspiration for his future artworks arose. His work His Fathers Dreams II Labrador Days is quintessential to these early ideas and a key representation of the influence this sea-faring upbringing had on his artwork later in life.

At the young age of 23, his work The Lost Party, a collection of fifty etchings all representing the 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, was put on display in the National Gallery of Canada. This series remains to this day as perhaps the most expansive visual depictions of Canadian History. The dark and ominous themes presented in this series followed Blackwood’s career through his almost a hundred solo exhibitions, as well as the displaying of his artwork at the Windsor Castle, the Uffizi in Florence, and the National Gallery of Australia to name a few.

Blackwood spent a vast majority of his career passing on his craft to future generations, teaching for nearly three decades at the Trinity College in Ontario, as well as a brief residency at the University of Toronto’s Erindale College. Art was more than a career, was more than a way of sharing stories, but also served as a way to inspire and influence the generations to come. It was this positive, selfless attitude, as well as his undeniable talent which led to many outstanding decorations.

In the mid-2010’s David was beginning his battle with a lengthy illness that ultimately led to his death in 2022. It is in this final battle we see his final exhibition come to life, Images of Home, where a majority of the works were completed from the hospital room. In this final series Blackwood shifts the focus of his work from the gothic etchings of the past, to vibrant, beautiful watercolor’s. For him, especially in his later years, art was Therapy. David has been on record stating that painting helped him through the hardest points and helped him survive.

From his early days depicting the disasters of the Maritimes, his representations of the legends and lives of the harbor towns along the coast, to his bring and colorful work in his garden later in his life, David Blackwood is one of the most emotive visual storytellers to have ever lived and his legacy of the peace found through art surely will live on.

“Working on watercolor painting…it helped me survive.”…”Any kind of painting is therapeutic, it keeps you busy physically and mentally…I could not walk and now I’m running around. It’s a wonderful thing, a great gift.”

-David Lloyd Blackwood, 2016

Literature: “David Blackwood: Master Printmaker”(WIlliam Gough; Firefly Books; 2001); “The Art of David Blackwood” (William Gough; McGraw Hill Ryerson; 1988).

A Few Notable Results from Hodgins Art Auctions

David Lloyd Blackwood

BRIAN AND MARTIN WINSOR, MARCH 30, 1978; 1979
etching with aquatint on paper; ed. #17/50
19.75 x 31.75 in.

Sold for $ 6,435 – May 2018

David Lloyd Blackwood

MUMMER FAMILY AT THE DOOR; 1985
colour etching and aquatint on paper; ed. #38/50
36 x 25 in.

Sold for $ 6,325 – November 2010

David Lloyd Blackwood

ICEBERGS OFF LUMSDEN; 1987
watercolour and gouache on paper
28 x 42 in.

Sold for $ 6,037.50 – November 2010

David Lloyd Blackwood

WESLEYVILLE: MARCH ICE RAFT; 1981
etching on paper; ed. #34/50
19.75 x 21.75 in.

Sold for $ 5,175  – February 2011

David Lloyd Blackwood

DOWN ON THE LABRADOR: TOWING THE NICKERSON; 2004
etching with aquatint on paper; ed. #63/75
23.75 x 35.75 in.

Sold for $ 4,972.50 – November 2020

David Lloyd Blackwood

CAPE SPEAR, NEWFOUNDLAND; 1983
etching with aquatint; ed. #86/100
20 x 31.75 in.

Sold for $ 4,972.50 – February 2023

We are always seeking works by David Lloyd Blackwood to be included in future auctions.

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More Extensive Results from our Previous Auctions

2,700.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: David Lloyd Blackwood

Date: 1989

Medium: 1989

Dimensions: 19.75 x 31.75 in. (50.2 x 80.6 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned in pencil
Note: This work is illustrated on page 20 of “David Blackwood: Master Printmaker” (Gough; Firefly Books, 2001).

2,000.00
Estimate:
2,500.00
 - 

LOT: 200

Auction: 2023 December | Hodgins Art Auctions

1,840.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: David Lloyd Blackwood

Title: ALICE LACEY

Date: 1990

Medium: colour etching & aquatint on paper; ed. #11/75

Dimensions: 11 x 13 3/4 in.

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned

1,000.00
Estimate:
1,500.00
 - 

LOT: 213

Auction: 2006 May | Hodgins Art Auctions

4,140.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: David Lloyd Blackwood

Title: HIS FATHER DREAMS II; LABRADOR DAYS

Date: 1988

Medium: colour etching on paper; ed. #25/75

Dimensions: 15 x 35 3/4 in.

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned

2,000.00
Estimate:
3,000.00
 - 

LOT: 288

Auction: 2006 May | Hodgins Art Auctions

1,725.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: David Lloyd Blackwood

Title: NARCISSUS "KING ALFRED"

Date: 1988

Medium: monotype on paper

Dimensions: 24 x 18 in.

Notes:

signed, titled & dated
Provenance: Heffel Gallery, Vancouver

2,000.00
Estimate:
2,500.00
 - 

LOT: 291

Auction: 2007 November | Hodgins Art Auctions

345.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: David Lloyd Blackwood

Title: PUBLISHED BIOGRAPHY

Date: 1968

Medium: etching on paper; ed. #2/10

Dimensions: 31.75 x 20 in. (80.6 x 50.8 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned

400.00
Estimate:
600.00
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LOT: 326

Auction: 2009 May | Hodgins Art Auctions

805.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: David Lloyd Blackwood

Title: CAPTAIN LEWELLYN KEAN

Date: 1971

Medium: etching on paper; ed. #4/25

Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 in. (19.1 x 19.1 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned

1,000.00
Estimate:
1,500.00
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LOT: 210

Auction: 2009 November | Hodgins Art Auctions

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