The hand behind the faces in the frames in Belfast’s new Lyric Theatre

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Creative spirits are not only gracing Belfast’s Lyric Theatre’s stage, but also its walls. Coincidentally, as Brian Friel’s ‘Faith Healer’ is being played out on the boards, the old man of literature’s eye remains ever vigilant from on high in the spacious atrium of the theatre. Friel is one of a series of portraits, superbly executed by Colin Davidson, hanging in Belfast’s splendid new home to the arts.

In a wide ranging and candid interview, the North Down based painter, invites me into his world of picture making and in particular elucidates his approach to head making. Sit back and enjoy the company of a consummate professional:

Now leisurely view Davidson’s images as discussed in the above video:

Renouncing Chance (Portrait of Brian Friel) by Colin Davidson


How Did You Know? (Portrait of Marie Jones) by Colin Davidson


Just Sharp Reminding (Portrait of Duke Special) by Colin Davidson


Portrait of Michael Longley by Colin Davidson


For more information on Colin Davidson please visit his website @


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