Colin Davis was born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh. After completing a BA (HON) degree in Fine Art at the Belfast College of Art, he went to study in Manchester, England, obtaining a Masters Degree in Fine Art specialising in printmaking. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Britain and Ireland, as well as Scandinavia and the United States. In 1983 he exhibited at the "New Contemporaries 83" ICA Galleries, The Mall, London and has continued to exhibit widely in prestigious galleries and exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. These have included the Norwegian International Print Biennale, The Cleveland International Drawing Exhibition, The Guardian Contemporary British Art Exhibition London, Royal Ulster Academy Belfast, EVA, Limerick, Claemorris, Co. Mayo and Iontas, Sligo.
During his career he has been the recipient of several prestigious awards i.e. The Federesky Drawing Exhibition Prize and received commissions such as from Roscoff Restaurant, Belfast. He is represented in many private, public and corporate collections, including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland collection.
In 2002 he was involved in the international project "Links That Connect Us" as one of five local artists working in collaboration with artists from the USA.
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 large charcoal renderings and bold, vivid collages. However, to these qualities I began to add 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.
In my recent series of work I have continued to draw onto new surfaces and mediums, exposing the results to light sensitive lithographic plates and experimenting with the photographic developing process itself to obtain and enhance the textual qualities produced on the original drawing surface i.e. the subsequent marks and patterns left through the effect of reticulation.