The painting is based on a collage which I developed by combining and recombining random imagery. Eventually a meaning seemed to assert itself in the collage. The hands belonged to city dwellers reaching above their city – perhaps in dreams – for enticing and fleeting possibilities (the balloons). The fact that the balloons are black suggests that the enticements aren’t necessarily beneficial.

Aspirants | Painting
Aspirants | Painting
About Nick Offer

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, for the most part, on the internet. He earned his BA in painting at Edinburgh College of Art and his MFA from Winchester School of Art.

Approach

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 which resonate in an unexpected way. The search is guided by formal concerns (composition is important) and thematic ones (figures engaged in ambiguous behaviour for example).

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