Artist Talk: Colin Davidson
Davidson's Silent Testimony exhibition is currently on show at Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington. The exhibition features eighteen large-scale portraits of people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss suffered through the Troubles.
Silent Testimony is being brought to Derry~Londonderry through a partnership between the Nerve Centre, National Museums NI and WAVE Trauma Centre. Since Silent Testimony was shown at the Ulster Museum in 2015, it has toured to the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris in 2016 and Dublin Castle in 2017.
Since 2010, Colin Davidson has become internationally renowned for his series of large-scale portraits. The artist, who lives in Bangor, has won numerous international awards for his work. His work is held in many public and corporate collections worldwide, including Queen's University Belfast, the Ulster Museum (Belfast), Standard Life (London), the National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin), the Standard Chartered Bank of Asia, the National Portrait Gallery (London) and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC).
As well as numerous commissions, Davidson's portrait sitters have included HM The Queen, President Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt, Ed Sheeran, Liam Neeson, Brian Friel, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Dame Mary Peters, Gary Lightbody, Glen Hansard, Mark Knopfler and Seamus Heaney.