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President Higgins views his portrait by Colin Davidson

President Higgins views his portrait by Colin Davidson

President Higgins views his portrait by Colin Davidson

A renowned local portrait artist who has painted everyone from world leaders to pop stars and actors has unveiled his latest masterpiece.

Those who have sat for Colin Davidson include Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, but this time the Belfast man turned his attention to a leader in the Republic.

Michael D Higgins welcomed him to Aras an Uachtarain yesterday afternoon, where the Irish President was given the opportunity to view his own portrait.

Others painted by the former Ulster University student include Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt, former US President Bill Clinton and poets Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley. In 2015 he was commissioned by Time Magazine to paint German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Belfast Telegraph