Favorite Contemporary Artists: Colin Davidson

My favorite artist is Colin Davidson, an Irish portrait painter who lives and works near Belfast,  Northern Ireland. His unique style blends elements of impressionism and realism to create captivating works of art. I discovered Colin Davidson after seeing his portrait of Angela Merkel, commissioned by Time Magazine for a cover of one of their recent issues. This was a great introduction to Davidson because it perfectly encapsulated his signature use of his talent to portray politically significant figures. My favorite part of each work is his signature combination of blurred, low contrast outlines with sharply defined and clear eyes. Davidson’s work is all done fairly large scale, upwards of 120 x 110 cm, something that pushed me personally to work on larger and larger canvas as I began to paint portraits.

Lucy Irwin ’20


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