Date of Birth
12 Aug 1928
Date of Death
20 Aug 2018
Place Of Birth
Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Place Of Death
Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Biographical Display
Born in Sydney in 1928, Blackman studied from 1943-46 while working as a press artist before moving to Melbourne, getting married and supporting himself as a cook. When John Reed became his patron and Blackman started exhibiting, newspaper critics began to take notice. Shortly after Blackman began his series of works based on the Schoolgirl, with their menacing and threatening atmosphere. These works led to the series on the Alice in Wonderland story which has remained some of his most popular works.

In 1960, Blackman won the Helena Rubinstein Scholarship which allowed him to travel and study overseas, exhibiting at the Whitechapel and Tate galleries in London. On his return to Australia, Blackman continued to exhibit extensively.

He has been awarded many prizes and awards, culminating in a major Retrospective in 1993. He is represented in the NGA, all state galleries, many regional galleries and numerous private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally.


Works by this Artist