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Current bid: $3,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

34750 12-Aug-2022 03:50:15 PM $3,000

The bidding history list updated on: Tuesday, October 04, 2022 05:17:10

LOT 401

1941 - 2022

oil monotype on rice paper
signed and dated 1999 and on verso titled and dated on the gallery label
21 3/4 x 27 3/4 in, 55.2 x 70.5 cm

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD

Sold for: $3,750

Preview at:

Heffel Gallery Ltd., Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver

This work is a part of David Blackwood’s exploration of the International Code, a nautical alpha-numeric flag communication system. When Newfoundland joined the Canadian Confederation in 1949, the federal government required all mariners to have an understanding of this system. Though the knowledge of these master mariners was very highly prized, many still struggled. Some could not read or write, and others, such as Blackwood’s father, Captain Edward Bishop Blackwood, had little familiarity with the Code. To remedy this he created a series of cards using cereal box cardboard and wax crayons to quiz himself. Those cards can be seen as precursors of a motif that spans 20 years of Blackwood’s work.

This work is also a monotype, a fascinating aspect of Blackwood’s printwork. The media as applied to the printing plate and transferred to paper allows for one unique printed image, without requiring the mechanics of a printing press. These monotypes allowed Blackwood the gesture and vibrancy found in his paintings and watercolours, and bridge the gap between painting and printing.

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