iCanvas are proud to present this stunning collection of prints from the acclaimed artist Heather Offord. In the last few years Offord has become a name whispered from ear to ear, and not just in gallery circles. Most recently, this savvy painter has turned her hand to clutch handbags, installing her evocative and spiritual designs onto a range of small and elegant bags. But before she turned her talents to the fashion world Offord was creating deeply resonant paintings full of the symbols of hope, rebirth, and inner peace. Her meditative glimpses of a barren, sepia landscape are filled with the surface textures of the natural world. These tactile, raised topographies on canvas are the perfect reflection of one’s love of the limitless variety of nature. Offord likes to look at the cracks, fissures, and hidden features of Renaissance painting and thus transform her contemporary works into abstract evocations of a long-departed aesthetic style.
In style and purpose, Offord’s work is similar to the late-nineteenth century group of French artists known as Les Nabis. The group, rather than seeking to reflect in their works an observed reality, believed that painting is the act of transposing nature on the canvas. Choosing to synthesize and stylize forms, their artwork was characterized by a sense of decor, for the use of arabesques, and for popular print-work. To help integrate art into everyday life, these artists were also creators of ceramics, stained glass, furniture, posters, and stage sets. Offord is certainly the inheritor of their spirit. Her openness and wealth of inspiration make these stunning prints reflections of a particularly innovative talent.