Nick Offer, born in 1975, is a contemporary British painter who creates figurative paintings based loosely on collages.
These collages are derived from a wide range of source material found on the internet for the most part.
Thrusting figures into new and unexpected environments create intriguing visual and sensory impact.
He earned his BA in painting at Edinburgh College of Art and his MFA from Winchester School of Art.
"My main hope is to create a unique and persuasive world in each picture. One which works according to its own logic and convinces by the strength of imagery and the paint that depicts it."
Offer's preparatory collages often coalesce around figures thrust into a new environment. He keeps revising the collage until a surprising reason emerges for the figures' presence there.
The process is also a search for a combination of images that resonate unexpectedly. The search is guided by formal concerns (composition is important) and thematic ones (figures engaged in ambiguous behaviour for example)
Offer's approach to landscape is not far removed from his other paintings. He creates collages from numerous photos taken at the source (often the Scottish Highlands) and uses these along with oil sketches to make a painting. He will often allow the paint – applied randomly and freely in the early stages - to dictate structure and
A Strong British Following
Nick Offer has accumulated a national following thanks to the numerous exhibitions he has participated in, such as being a finalist in the London Contemporary Art Prize in 2018 and 2017 and the Lacey Contemporary Prize in 2016. He now sets his sights on expanding his international reach.
Solo Exhibition / Bomb Factory Art Foundation - London, United Kingdom
New Paintings by Nick Offer / The Bomb Factory - London, United Kingdom
Longlisted for the Figurativas competition- Barcelona, Spain
Shortlisted for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize- London, United Kingdom
Longlisted for the John Moores competition- Liverpool, United Kingdom
London Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition / Bloomsbury - London, United Kingdom
Lynn Painter Stainers Finalist Exhibition / Mall Galleries - London, United Kingdom
London Contemporary Art Prize / Bloomsbury - London, United Kingdom
London Art Fair / Battersea - London, United Kingdom
Lacey Contemporary / Lacey Contemporary Gallery - London, United Kingdom
Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya of Jordan, United Arab Emirates