I studied fine art at Edinburgh College of Art, which was one of the few art schools in the UK to encourage direct painting from live models. I spent most of my time there in the life painting room and this has been hugely beneficial to me in approaching portraiture.

The process of painting a portrait is one of constant assessment - judging tonalites, form and so on - but also requires that one remains as conscious as possible of the person sitting. This dichotomy is what makes painting a portrait so engaging.

In my experience the subject is very much a part of the process. Sitters often express surprise at how rewarding the experience has been. This isn't to say that sitting for a portrait isn't sometimes boring - I have sat and I know that it can be - but that the sense of collaboration between painter and sitter in making the picture is often fulfilling for both.

In addition to painting portraits, I am also a figurative painter. My figurative work can be viewed at www.nickoffer.com.

Exhibitions

2018

Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition,
Mall Galleries (Finalist)

5th – 18th March 2018

London Contemporary Art Prize,
Store Street Gallery (Finalist)

15 - 26th July 2018

2017

London Contemporary Art Prize,

Store Street Gallery (Finalist)

The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton, Berkshire

Group Show

2016

The Bomb Factory,
Elthorne St, London

Group Show

Lacey Contemporary Prize,

8 Clarendon Cross, London W11 4AP​

Finalist

2015

New Paintings
Krilova Stelfox Gallery
Hanbury Street, London

Solo Show

Collections

Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, Dubai. Princess Haya of Jordan. Private collections in UK, Spain, Belgium and U.S.

Illustration

Nationwide poster campaign for M & C Saatchi (commended in Creative Review, Lurzers International Archive 2004 and the Design and Art Direction Annual 2005)

Adrenalin Magazine (runner up 2005 Magazine Awards Illustration Award)

Education

Winchester School of Art (M.A. Fine Art)

Edinburgh College of Art (B.A. Painting)