Continuing his exploration of large heads as landscapes which represent the inner self of the sitter, Colin Davidson's Between The Words is the artist's first solo exhibition of large-scale portraits and drawings in Northern Ireland. The subjects portrayed are recognisable public figures such as Irish poet Seamus Heaney, actor and theatre director Simon Callow, and musician and songwriter Gary Lightbody amongst others. Almost carving the paint, the artist adds a topographical aspect to his paintings, revealing the tension of the sitters whilst they are lost in thought.
With their overwhelming presence and sense of grandeur, Davidson's portraits create a sense of uneasiness in the viewer, with their subjects simultaneously close to us but just out of reach.
President of the Royal Ulster Academy, Colin Davidson (b. Belfast 1968) is a contemporary award-winning artist living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 1991 with a first class honours degree in Art and Design, he has exhibited extensively not only throughout the UK and Ireland, but also internationally. His work has been shown regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition and the Royal Ulster Academy. Davidson's work is held in public and corporate collections, such as in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection, the BBC, the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland (Limerick), the National Gallery of Ireland, the Ulster Museum and Queen's University Belfast.
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