Colin Davidson, RUA

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Biography

Colin Davidson, RUA, is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Davidson was born in Belfast in 1968 and graduated with first class honours in Art and Design from the University of Ulster in 1991. For many years, his work has been concerned with the urban, focussing on the multi-layered imagery as seen in city-centre windows. Most recently, Colin Davidson started work on a series of large-scale portrait heads. The painting Just Sharp Reminding (Portrait of Duke Special) was awarded the Ireland – US Council and Irish Arts Review Award at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin in June 2010, and the painting Thread the Light (Portrait of Glen Hansard) was awarded the Perpetual Gold Medal at the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast in October 2010. The painting Pure To Another (Portrait of Brian Kennedy) was awarded the Perpetual Gold Medal at the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast in October 2011. Davidson’s work is represented in many private and public collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, Queen’s University and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014 Jerusalem, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2012 Transmission, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2011 Lyric Theatre Belfast (ongoing)
2009 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
2007 Window Shopping, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2006 Inside/Out, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
2004 Gallery Revel, New York
1993 BBC Belfast

Selected Group Exhibitions
2006,2008-2012 Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, Dublin
2011-2012 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
2012 Invited Artist, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2012 Radharc, The American Irish Historical Society, New York
2012 Hibernation, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2008 Christie’s, London
2006 Sotheby’s, London
2003 The Ireland Funds Special Olympics World Summer Games Auction, National Concert Hall, Dublin