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Past Exhibition

Ten Night Paintings

1 September 2016 - 13 October 2016

Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Ten Night Paintings an exhibition of new paintings by Belfast born painter Colin Davidson.

An interlude from a near six year stint of portrait painting that has made Davidson’s work instantly recognisable – his portrait of Seamus Heaney (the last ever) hangs in the Ulster Museum, while the National Gallery of Ireland acquired the portrait of Michael Longley (a second portrait of Longley won a BP Portrait Award in 2012), and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington houses a portrait of actor, Brad Pitt. Time Magazine’s commission of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel as their Person of the Year in 2015 put Davidson’s work on a global stage.

Painting is Davidson’s foremost endeavour. The portraits came when the artist was in his early forties. He had already completed a series based on reflections in shop windows and another of Belfast cityscapes. His first nude paintings were made more than twenty years ago. While it is true that much technical skill and a way of seeing was brought from his previous work in particular treatment seen in his portraiture, it is also the case that this period of painting large scale human faces has added a further dimension of understanding to these ten nudes. Davidson does have a particular style, code and, yes, language which translates from one subject to another and what is most apparent is the facility and natural ability to put paint on canvas. The paintings range in size from the 117 x 127 cm scale familiar to his portraits down to 30 x 28 cm and in each case Davidson has successfully avoided academic cliché creating quietly dynamic dramas that are imbued with human voices that Davidson expresses so personally.

The exhibition runs until 13th October 2016.

The exhibition catalogue for Ten Night Paintings is available for download:    

 Ten Night Paintings Catalogue


Colin Davidson

Night Painting 1

Oil on canvas

117 x 127 cm, 2016