For several years now my work has been preoccupied with the elements of atmosphere, space and dramatic lighting found within confined internalised spaces. Initially these were fully abstracted explorations, expressed through a series of charcoal renderings and bold, vivid collages.
However to these qualities I began to introduce a further dimension, a feeling of movement, to represent the dynamic of an animal as it disturbs the parameters of the other qualities. These movements are implied by abstract gestures and surface markings, at times very intense and erratic, to convey the strength and tenacity of the creature as it bolts through its notional externalised landscape.
Although my marks have become gradually more representative of form and structure, they are not accurate renditions, but loose and spontaneous in their interpretation. With scratching and marking the paper I try to emulate the free spirit the animal possesses as if it struggles to escape its surface.
Colin Davis was born in the town of Lurgan, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. After completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art at the Belfast College of Art, he went on to complete a Fine Art Masters Degree in Manchester, England. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Britain and Ireland, as well as Scandanavia and the United States.
During his career he has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and commissions such as the Award for Best Print at the Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition in 2007 and is represented in many private, public and corporate collections, including the Arts Council for Northern Ireland collection.
He is currently a member of the Belfast Print Workshop and the East Belfast artist studio collective Creative Exchange. During the Summer 2002, Belfast and 2005, Louisville Kentucky he was one of five local artists involved in the “Links That Connect Us” project. A collaboration which involved artists from the USA and Ireland.