Nick Offer, born in 1975, is a British painter who takes contemporary city and countryside landscapes as his subject matter. He got his BA in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art and his MFA from Winchester School of Art. As well as using traditional painting techniques, Offer creates compositions by collaging source material to use as the foundation for studio-based oil paintings. The structure of the final picture may be influenced as much by randomly applied paint as by reference to the collaged sketches, studies and photographs.
Artist is currently working on a series of large oil paintings in which figures are prominent within landscapes and urban surroundings. Each is based on a specific idea with no particular effort made to pursue a unifying theme, lest this limit the scope of the imagery. The only criterion which links the pictures (apart from broad subject matter) is that in each case the original idea should have sufficient resonance to justify its realization.
A similar criterion applies to the landscapes which Nick has painted of Glencoe and the North West of Scotland. In this case he creates compositions of hills by collaging source material (watercolour, oil sketches and photos made in the Highlands) to use as the foundation for studio based oil paintings. The structure of the final picture may be influenced as much by randomly applied paint as by reference to the collaged “sketches”.
From the same source material he has created a series of combined screen prints and paintings. These rely heavily on chance: mountains are printed in monochrome over loose or random brush marks which occasionally combine to produce interesting rhythms or unexpected effects. Those pictures that are successful in this regard are then worked on further and the others discarded.
Offer has exhibited his paintings widely both in the UK and abroad. His work has also appeared in an award-winning nationwide poster campaign for M&C Saatchi.
He lives and works in London.