Ingrid Black is a self-taught artist who has worked with acrylics for over 40 years.
She was represented by Oliver Gallery in Dorval, Quebec, in the eighties where her cityscapes were in great demand. She became a real-estate agent in 1985 and this all consuming occupation left very little time for her art.
After a hiatus of 20 years, she picked up her brushes again to paint a series of portraits of performing artists, capturing her subject’s energy on stage; depicting them in a surrealistic style.
Kelvin Holland, owner of Galerie Espace 127, had this to say about her work.
“With a quirky and humorous mixture of surrealism, rock and roll, and flat out talent, Ingrid Black creates images that amuse, intrigue and perplex. She has the painterly panache and boundless imagination that characterized Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. Her work is a mixture of visual puns, ironies and coloristic bravado. She has an attention to detail and light that makes her earlier work a revelation and that gives her later pieces a sense of ease that is the true sign of a master.”
While she was painting portraits, she liked to paint birds and other animals, on occasion, which led to a series of bird paintings – realistic depictions of birds in settings normally associated with human beings. Also very popular, these paintings tell a story, often with humorous undertones.
She ventured into abstracts in 2016 and continues to pursue a variety of styles and subject matter, surprising her audience with something new just about every year. Not doing so would make her feel as though she is standing still.
In 2020, David Stark, Editor/Publisher of www.SongLink.com and www.Cuesheet.net, who has been involved in the music scene in London, England for many years, purchased the right to use ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, her psychedelic painting of the Beatles, for the cover of his new book – ‘It’s All Too Much’ .
She has and continues to participate in numerous exhibitions. Her works can be found in various private collections. She is an active member of The Society of Canadian Artists and was a member of The Lakeshore Association of Artists in Pointe Claire, Quebec, for 13 years. Since moving to Ontario in 2021, she has joined the West Carleton Arts Society and the Manotick Art Association.
Look for her Rock n’ Roll portraits at The Life of Pie, in the Glebe next February. Her works can also be seen on her website – www.ingridblack.com.