Artist’s work celebrates what unites rather than divides us
Colin Davidson’s body of work is a silent testimony to the commonality of the human condition. Whether he is painting celebrities like Brad Pitt, Her Majesty the Queen, the late Seamus Heaney and playwright Brian Friel, singers Duke Special and Gary Lightbody, actors Jamie Dornan and Kenneth Branagh or subjects who lost relatives during the Troubles, Davidson uses the same style of abstract realism. Each image holds such eloquent tension between stillness and motion, catching a particular look, gesture or vulnerability of expression that seems to eloquently distill the reality of the person in front of him. Davidson uses thickly applied oil paint on canvas in a style that is impressionistic, bold and singular.