Christopher Delni Offord - Bio
'"Creating narrative through metaphor has been the oldest form of communication throughout history. In our Post-Deconstructionist age, artist Christopher Delni Offord fuses the pure essence of human nature's inherent Creative force with his dark swatches of landscape illuminated by bright promises of pastel hope, artfully reconstructing the broken metaphors of humanity."
Roberta Jean Molyneux-Davis, Master of Arts in Education (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Christopher Delni-Offord is a full time British artist specialising in landscape oil paintings.
Chris has been painting in oils for nearly 20 years and was
privately taught in his early years by Stan Harrington, a very
established landscape painter in 'Constable' country on the Suffolk
border. Stan was then in his mid 80's and had been a professional
painter since 15, specialising in Epping forest scenes on large canvas,
which could only described as 'walk in paintings'. Chris also enrolled
in an art academy with Dennis Sheehan, the American tonalist artist
whose works hang in the White House.
He was raised in an orphanage in Lancashire, but has Italian
heritage; 'Delni' comes from his Grandfather 'Guido Delni', an Italian
Opera Meastro/Royal Academy Doctor of Music who sang as a principal
baritone across Europe including La Scala, Milan with Caruso and had an
opera school in London.
Chris is also greatly influenced by 19th Century tonal artists such as
George Innes and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, who shares the same
birthday with Chris(but not the same year!!). The
Pre-impressionistic/Tonalist style greatly celebrated nature, the
spiritual and had glimpses of the human condition wrapped within them.
He has travelled and worked extensively in many parts of the globe
and for a number of years he was a competiton windsurfer. He also ran an
outdoor adventure centre in the High Peak National Park, Derbyshire and
in 1992 was involved in a Mount Everest expedition and so draws lots of imagery from those experiences. He also served 22 years in the British Army and retired due to illness caused by the first Gulf war.
His choice of medium is oil and he works out of his own studio at CASO Services and
brings some 'plein air' painting into his collection. Some of his works are
impressionistic representations of landscapes from around the world, but
much of his work comes from the recess of his imagination, and from his
varied and colourful life, hopefully bringing tension and reflection into his
Chris paints so that others might enjoy and be blessed by his art and he hopes you enjoy his interpretations.
Originals are signed by the artist and have a 'Certificate of Authenticity'