John Blackburn – forthcoming monograph and exhibition

• A substantial monograph on the British artist John Blackburn (b.1932) will be published by Sansom & Co in autumn 2018. It will be the first ever monograph on this significant and fascinating painter. I am currently working on a major essay for the monograph, which will also include written contributions by Christopher Johnstone, Andrew Lambirth and Furse Swann. The book will cover the whole of Blackburn’s career, from the 1950s to the present day. It will be launched with an exhibition of the artist’s work at his London gallery, Osborne Samuel.


• John Blackburn will have his second show at The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh in January 2018. Dates are 10th – 29th January, with a private view on Tuesday 9th January. The work for the show was selected by the artist and myself.

Further information and images will be posted on the gallery website:


Illustrated: John Blackburn Encaustic, 1961, oil and house paint on canvas, burnt. Private collection, New Zealand. © The artist.

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