David Blackburn

Working almost exclusively in pastel medium, Blackburn’s approach to the landscape is to find what he describes as the ‘hidden poetry’ or the ‘visual magic’, in which a recognisable object, such as a cobweb or a leaf, can be ‘transformed into something richer and stranger’. Blackburn’s works are noted for the way in which they play with notions of scale and perspective; often you can be observing what appears to be a fragment of rock or sand, when the scale suddenly shifts to suggest a vista of topographical magnitude.

 His focus varies from the particular to that of large universal themes. His symbolic landscapes lend themselves to a place between representation of reality and an abstract construction of ‘imaginings’. Blackburn has a clear fascination with colour and light, he also engages with a notable use of geometric form.

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