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Colin Davidson: Selected Paintings 1986 – 2022

Colin Davidson: Selected Paintings 1986 – 2022

11 June – 10 September 2022

Over the last decade, Northern Irish artist Colin Davidson has gained international renown for his large-scale portraits of actors, musicians, writers and politicians. While portraiture is the most visible manifestation of his practice, it is only one element of a multifaceted oeuvre, the result of an artist continually striving to challenge himself and explore new territory. This curiosity has produced nudes, still life, landscapes and recently explorations into three dimensions. In fact, until 2010, Davidson was best known for urban scenes, initially atmospheric views of Belfast from above and later, complex renderings of life in London and New York reflected in the glazed surfaces of office buildings.

Colin Davidson: Selected Paintings 1986 2022, which opens at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery this June, explores the relationships and connections between these two distinct but related elements of Davidson’s art. Co-curated by Riann Coulter and Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator at National Museums NI, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the consistency and quality of Davidson’s practice through the decades.

 

To purchase the catalogue, Colin Davidson: Selected Paintings 1986 – 2022 click here

Stephen Wilson Sculpture

Stephen Wilson – Sculpture Garden Exhibition

Stephen Wilson (b.1966)

Peace Wall Portraits,  2021

Wood, steel fencing, virtual reality

Portraits of Loyalist and Nationalist people of all ages and colours, from all parts of the community presented side by side with no way of the viewer determining who is who, where they come from or what they do. With the assistance of virtual reality, the stories behind the faces come to life when viewed through a tablet.

 

Stephen Wilson

www.stephenwilsonphotography.com

 

Stephen Wilson is a photographer based in Northern Ireland. Over the last 25 years his photographs have been featured in numerous national and international publications. Covering subjects as diverse as conflicts in former Soviet Eastern Europe to famine relief in southern Africa. Then Stephen returned home to work in post conflict Northern Ireland covering stories for a newspapers and press agencies and finally working freelance. Now as well as Lecturing photography, Stephen continues to work on long form documentary projects about representation of identity in the Loyalist Protestant community in Ireland as well as running photography workshops in interface areas as a means of communities exploring their identities.

A survey in 2017 by the Belfast Interface Project identified 116 instances of “Security architecture and the defensive use of space” in Northern Ireland, 97 of which were in Belfast. These spaces or interface barriers are known locally as Peace Walls.  They are mostly made of concrete or wire fencing, but may be a gate or road closure barrier or a defensive structure. Over the past 50 years they have become part of everyday life for many people. In March 2021 a group of people who live, work or grew up near the Peace Walls were photographed and videoed telling stories of their experiences. The stories are extremely personal and varied, often even seeming contradictory as are the peoples life experiences and memories of the same streets often at the same time. The faces that make up this wall come to life on your mobile phone as they share their stories through the videos or in the AR app. Every story is personal, every story is different and together the stories make another kind of wall.