Since 2010, Davidson has become internationally renowned for his series of large-scale portraits of actors, musicians, poets and public figures. While painting these familiar faces he became increasingly preoccupied, not with their celebrity, but more with their status as human beings. This continuing exploration of ‘common humanity’ is the foundation on which Silent Testimony rests.
Until this exhibition, the artist, who grew up in Belfast and studied art at the University of Ulster, had not responded overtly to what he witnessed or personally experienced during the Troubles. Silent Testimony is a powerful response which reflects on how the conflict has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on thousands of individuals - the injured, their families, the families of those who died and the wider community.
Silent Testimony was shown at the Ulster Museum in 2015, the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris in 2016 and Dublin Castle in 2017. It is being shown again at the Ulster Museum in April 2018 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
Fee: Free exhibition
Location: Art 6, Level 5