David Blackwood was born in 1941 in the outport community of Wesleyville, Newfoundland and is a respected visual storyteller and acknowledged as one of Canada's master printmakers. Blackwood's art reflects the legend and landscape of his native Newfoundland.
Blackwood's work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, with over 90 solo shows and scores of group exhibits. David has been the subject of two major retrospective exhibits, and the National Film Board's 1974 Academy-Award nominated documentary film BLACKWOOD. Blackwood's etchings belong in almost every distinguished public gallery and corporate art collection in Canada and significant private and public collections worldwide, including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
In 1993, he received the Order of Canada to recognize his ongoing and fundamental enrichment of Canada's cultural life and heritage. In 2003 Blackwood was awarded the Order of Ontario, and in November of 2003, Blackwood was designated an Honorary Chairman of the Art Gallery of Ontario.