Colin Davidson and Big Portrait of Mark Knopfler

Colin Davidson and Big Portrait of Mark Knopfler

Colin Davidson with portrait of Mark Knopfler.

Colin Davidson is an Irish visual artist born in 1968 and living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since graduating in 1991 from the University of Ulster 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 Mark Knopfler, Brad Pitt, Ed Sheeran, Liam Neeson, Brian Friel, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Dame Mary Peters, Gary Lightbody, Marketa Irglova, Glen Hansard, and Seamus Heaney.

Mark Knopfler in the studio with his portrait by Colin Davidson.

Colin Davidson has exhibited extensively in London, New York, Milan and across Ireland. He has been shown regulary at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition where he has twice won awards and has been an Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy since 2006, having won the R.U.A. Gold Medal 3 times and Silver Medela twice.

Colin currently is a President of the R.U.A. and his work is in public and corporate collections across Ireland including Arts Council for Northern Ireland, the BBC, National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland Limerick, the Office of Public Works Collection Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, the Ulster Museum Belfast and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Colin finished the portrait of Mark.

The portraits from Colin includes a many writers and actors, down below you will find a gallery with all Colin’s portraits where you will see and the portrait of Mark Knopfler, which it has an extreme range of value from dark, thick patches of line to little, thin patches of line.

In December 2015 he was commissioned by TIME Magazine to paint the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for the cover for its ‘Person of the Year’ issue. Most recently Colin Davidson was invited to paint an official portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which was unveiled in November 2016.

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