George Blacklock was born in 1952 in Sedgefield, County Durham. He studied at Sunderland Polytechnic from 1970 to 1971 and went on to study painting at Stourbridge College of Art from 1971 to 1974. He achieved his Masters at Reading University from 1974 - 1976.
He has received awards from the Welsh Arts Council, the Greater London Arts Association and prize winner at the John Moores contemporary painting competition. He has work in many collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain.