Colin Davidson: Window Self-Portraits
Selling Exhibition: 8 November–15 December 2023

S otheby’s is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by Colin Davidson, one of Northern Ireland’s leading contemporary painters. He has received international critical acclaim for his powerful, yet intimate, portraits, with sitters ranging from Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Bill Clinton, Seamus Heaney, Brad Pitt and Ed Sheeran. His work is held in many collections globally including the National Portrait Gallery (London), the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC) and the National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin).

The present exhibition sees Davidson return to cityscapes and urban window reflections, a subject that has been a thread throughout his 30-year career. Taking London as its focus, with detours to New York, Chicago and Washington, these new paintings are presented primarily as elusive self-portraits, expanding Davidson’s continued inventiveness with the genre. The play of refracted light, movement and colour create images at once solid and fleeting as surfaces dissolve and space extends and recedes.

Representing Davidson’s first solo exhibition in five years, the works will be on view at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin from 9–12 November and Sotheby’s London from 15–22 November 2023.

Sotheby's Talks

Colin Davidson, Window Self-Portraits

Join artist Colin Davidson and Sotheby’s Charlie Minter as they discuss Colin’s new exhibition, which sees the artist return to the subject of urban windows. The talk will chart Colin’s career to date, his celebrated portraits and how his latest body of work evolved.

Sunday 19 November 2023, 1:30 PM–2:30 PM
34-35 New Bond Street
London, W1S 2RT


Works Available for Purchase Online
8 November–15 December

Exhibition on View in Dublin
Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy
9 November: 2:00 PM–5:00 PM
10 November 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
11 November 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
12 November 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Exhibition On View in London
15–22 November
Weekdays: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Weekends: 12:00 PM–5:00 PM


Charlie Minter
Director | Modern British & Irish Art
+44 20 7293 5925

Arabella Bishop
Senior Director | Head of Sotheby's Ireland
+ 353 1 644 0200

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