The video below is a short interview by the BBC with Northern Irish Artist Colin Davidson on the making of his portrait for Nobel Laureate, the late Seamus Heaney. This painting is part of his 30 odd large head series which began with a portrait of the musician Duke Special and later went on to include a number of portraits for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. It’s an interesting insight into the process behind these amazing works. Colin will be in conversation with BBC NI arts broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir Friday 13th December at 1pm as part of the Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition season.
Some work from the late self-thought Irish Artist Louis Le Brocquy who passed away this week at the age of 95. His career spanned seven decades, working in various styles and media as his career developed. Louis Le Brocquy gained international recognition from his abstract portrait heads of Irish poets WB Yeats and James Joyce and his friends Samuel Becket, Francis Bacon, Seamus Heaney and Bono. One of my favorite paintings in the National Gallery, Dublin is ‘A Family’ (pictured above) which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1956 with a slight nod to Manet’s Olympia.
Louis Le Brocquy