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Hot Art: David Blackwood’s Icy Imagery

David Blackwood's Vigil on Bragg's Island (image courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario)

FEBRUARY 5 TO JUNE 12 A distinctly Canadian visual narrative unfolds at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Its stunning exhibition, Black Ice, features prints by David Blackwood that evoke the age-old struggle for survival in the rugged environs of Newfoundland. In such masterpieces as Fire Down on the Labrador, Vigil on Bragg’s Island and more than 60 other works produced over 40 years, this artist from “The Rock”—he was born and raised in the coastal village of Wesleyville—draws on memories and myths to create the iconography of a unique place and its proud people.

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