905-985-1322  |  303 Cochrane Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1M4


Michael’s most current work can be seen on Instagram, at

architrave 40x60
nightsedge 40x60
openvestige 30x20
tracery 48x36

Paintings by Michael J.B. Black


Informed by a late Modern interpretation of abstraction, my current practice involves working with abstract interpretations of landscape as well as abstraction in other forms.  At the moment, I am working through a series of abstractions called Remnants.  This series is a response to museum trips in Europe and at home, where artifacts of cultural veneration are preserved representing our fractured connection with the past.  The gaps and missing pieces of such objects are what I find most evocative in terms of their narrative.  In each case, I have tried to balance the pre-planned with the immediacy of the painting process itself, so that the images created are able to utilize abstraction’s ability to convey universal themes as well as variations in interpretation.

Michael J.B. Black graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU)  in 1984, and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. Michael has shown his work in Toronto, Hamilton, Charlottetown, Creemore, Thornhill and Peterborough. His work is held in several private collections. Michael lives with his Wife in Durham Region.

Artist Statement


Whether as a response to landscape or in terms of using abstract means to convey the ebb and flow of organic processes and our place in the world in relation to them, all of my work is intended to convey something of our complex relationship to nature, as it exists today. Since that relationship is ever-changing, the use of a language of creative means that moves between accident and control seems to me to replicate the relationship best, in both process and product. I am always hopeful that viewers will find some point of contact in what I do that will replicate this relationship to nature for themselves.

Want to learn more? Click here to view Michael J.B. Black’s Resume.

Michael is represented by

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8

Phone: 905-527-6610

Canvas Gallery

950 Dupont St.
Toronto, ON M6G 1Z5

Phone: 416-532-5275


30 Abell Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A9