The video above is The Mighty Mighty BossToneS on Jimmy Kimmel Live! featuring the art of Nan Coffey.
Nan Coffey paints from her heart to the canvas using a unique combination of freeform methods coupled with her own stylized design aesthetic to create works that are bold, bright, dynamic and modern. Nan draws inspiration for her paintings from her childhood obsessions with the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s cinema, music, television and pop culture. Nan often includes her social media audience in her large format artworks and has started calling this process "Inclusion Art" coupled with her "Art All Over" style.
Nan often paints large format paintings that span hundreds of square feet. She posts progress pictures as she works on social media so that her audience online can view her process and see the progression along with her. Once complete, she has San Diego photographer John Schulz photograph her with the finished works to show the scale of the finished paintings. In July 2015, Nan experimented with her first “Audience Participation” painting in which she asked her Facebook followers to tell her a little bit about themselves (what they love and what makes them happy) and from all this information, she would give shout-outs to them within the painting as she worked. The joyous reaction from her online audience to this project and their inclusion in it prompted a change in Nan and dynamically altered her mission in life. She has taken to calling this “Inclusion Art.” In Nan’s words:
“When I did my first public participation painting in 2015, it was a social experiment to see if people would respond if I asked them to participate in one of my works. I wanted to see if I could take all this information from friends and total strangers and flow it into one unified piece. I felt that by doing that, I could free myself from my comfort zone of making paintings to sell in galleries. Before I started that first project, I was in a place of frustration and boredom. Quite frankly, I was utterly, miserably unsure of my place in life. What ended up happening is that through that project, I started to find my purpose - not only as an artist, but in life.
My art is now focused largely on inclusion. We should all work in this world to include, not exclude people. My art is about breaking down walls, not putting them up. It's about learning more about each other, listening to each other, connecting with each other, recognizing each other and in the end, simply loving one another. What I have noticed, thanks to everyone that participates and shares their stories, is that no matter where we come from or where we are in life, we are not all that different from each other. It is the connections we make in life and the love we show to one another that really matters. I intend to use my art as a vehicle to demonstrate this visually to as many people as I can..”
Nan has a BA in Animation from the SF Academy of the Arts. From time to time, Nan will paint live at galleries or public events for people to view her process. Locally, Nan has art hanging at the Bali Hai Restaurant and Tender Greens locations in Liberty Station and Downtown San Diego.
Rock The Casbah is a collaboration project between Nan Coffey and Horace Panter. Nan hand-painted her "Art All Over" Horace's giclee in her studio in San Diego. Painted with acrylics, this one of a kind embellished giclee measures 24"x36" on gallery-wrapped, stretched canvas. This original painting is not available.
Each limited edition giclee print measures 24"x36" on Hahnemuhle fine art paper with 2" & 3" borders. All limited editions are inspected, signed and numbered by Nan Coffey and Horace Panter. Edition size of only 5 US and 5 UK(US editions sold here) This is an extremely limited product limit one per customer please. Frame option available.
All images are Copyright ©2017 Nan Coffey. Purchase does not entitle buyer to any reproduction rights in whole or part in any form. All rights reserved.
Femme Brulee was hand-painted by Nan in her studio in San Diego. Painted with acrylics, this original painting measures 12"x24" on gallery-wrapped, stretched canvas. The original painting has been sold.
Each limited edition giclee print measures 12"x24" on gallery-wrapped, stretched canvas. Giclees are wired and ready to hang - no framing necessary! All limited editions are inspected, signed and numbered by Nan Coffey. Edition size of 95.
Printed on high quality fine art paper using archival pigment inks. Print size includes borders.
All images are Copyright ©2016 Nan Coffey. Purchase does not entitle buyer to any reproduction rights in whole or part in any form. All rights reserved.