Ian Black received his Teaching and Art Diploma from Bristol University. He has lectured to several Art Societies in the South West and was for many years a member of Cambridge Syndicate for A-Level and Art Convenor to SEAC. He was Chair of the Bath Society of Artists between 2002 and 2009.
He was a regular exhibitor to the RWA and RA and has work in numerous permanent collections such as The New Zealand Government, St Catherine's College Oxford, Bristol Cathedral School and Bath University.
In 1994 he was a prizewinner at the Millfield Invitation Exhibition and in 1995 held exhibitions at the Bruton Street Gallery London, the Arlesford Gallery and the Bristol Guild.
Ian Black's chosen theme has often been that of landscape, though he has not recorded it so much as used it as a point of departure for his visual preoccupations. He has been most interested in rhythms of the land, in its interlocking shapes of escarpment, headland and seashore, and often used collage material in conjunction with oil and acrylic paint.