About this artist:
Born 1961, raised in Donaghadee Co. Down, now living in East Belfast.
Served his four year apprenticeship in Harland & Wolff from 1977-81 and a further nine years working in different departments leaving in 1990 to join Bombardier Aerospace as a Tool Design Engineer, then leaving Bombardier in 2016 to take up painting full time.
Davidson has been interested in art most of his adult life and took up painting in oils as a hobby in 1982. Attending different art clubs and colleges he soon realised that he had a slight colour blind imbalance with some green and brown colour tones. This frustrated him at the time, but he soon learnt to avoid what everyone else could see.
Most of Davidson’s earlier work completed from 1985-1995 would have been related to either ships, seascapes or cityscapes, seldom working on landscapes.
In addition to the above he has been involved with two amateur dramatic societies designing backdrops.
Influenced by modern day impressionist, Edward Seago and Trevor Chamberlain then more recently by American modernist painter, Edward Hopper. Harland & Wolff has changed dramatically since he left in 1990, but it hasn’t changed his memory. Over the last ten years or so Davidson has been painting scenes from these memories, which resulted in a sell-out exhibition in May 2009. This was his first solo show and he was overwhelmed that the public had supported him in such difficult times.
Since then he has received numerous commissions, mostly relating to Harland & Wolff and those who worked there and also supporting many local charities.