Blackwood’s art is rooted in the oral narrative tradition and strong social values of his
birthplace. Whether depicting the harsh grief of a death on the ice, the exhilaration caused
by a ship’s safe return, or a woman’s quiet vigil at a window, his etchings are filled with
story, drama, and the deepest of connections to a place and a people.
Today, he is recognized internationally as a master printmaker and has received many
national and international awards, including the Order of Canada. His etchings, paintings,
and monotypes appear in numerous private and public collections, including those of the
National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery of Australia, The Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Uffizi in Florence.