Nick Offer is an experienced mixed-media artist who lives and works in North London. He was educated at Edinburgh College of Art (BA) and Winchester School of Art (MA) and subsequently based himself in Barcelona and Ghent. Nick creates compelling self-contained worlds, composed of assemblies of disparate imagery first collaged and then transformed into paintings. He allows the paint – applied randomly and freely in the early stages - to dictate the structure and rhythm of his works.
Nick founds his paintings on collages that incorporate extremely varied source material - usually random photos fused with new contexts. He combines, recombines and edits the images until a combination resonates in a certain way. Having chanced upon a theme or juxtaposition that seems meaningful, Nick then begins to paint the newly significant imagery on canvas. He taps into diverse techniques, experimenting with spray paint, sponges and scrapers with acrylic, oils and toners. In his recent works, figures are thrust into new and unexpected environments to create intriguing visual and sensory impacts.
Nick has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. The artist was a finalist in the London Contemporary Art Prize, 2018 and 2017, and the Lacey Contemporary Prize, 2016. Two of his recent paintings are owned by the ruler of Dubai and Princess Haya of Jordan.
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