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'Drawing control; painting freedom'

Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since graduating in 1991 from Ulster University with a first-class honours degree, he has structured his practice in themes, and since 2010 his focus has been on painting grand scale portraits, which have won widespread recognition and many international awards. 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.

His work is held in many public and corporate collections worldwide including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), the Standard Chartered Bank of Asia, the National Portrait Gallery (London), Standard Life (London), the National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin), Ulster Museum (Belfast) and Queen's University Belfast. Davidson's recent internationally acclaimed exhibition of paintings, entitled 'Silent Testimony', reveals the stories of eighteen people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss through the Troubles - a turbulent 30-year period in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s onwards.

Colin’s talk will be held after the launch of the University’s Secret Postcard exhibition: 
Thursday 17 May, open to the public at 5.30pm at the Belfast campus:

Ulster University will also host an art exhibition with a difference in May.The Secret Postcard exhibition will bring together art from established names and emerging local talent in a display of over two hundred postcard sized artworks priced at £60 each.

Ulster University alumni donating art to the Secret Postcard exhibition include Colin Davidson, Ros Harvey, Marcus Patton, Mark Shields, Carol Graham, Peter Richards and Neil Shawcross alongside current students and Ulster University staff.All funds raised from the prints sold will go towards supporting Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art students and Unique, the student led art and design shop. Please join us for this exciting exhibition.

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