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The video above is The Mighty Mighty BossToneS on Jimmy Kimmel Live! featuring the art of Nan Coffey.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! - March 16, 2017
" This culminated in the entire HomeTown ThrowDown #19 being tagged and illustrated by Nan, which crescendoed into a visually breathtaking experience and an inspirational tribute to the band in which I've spent most of my life."
ANNUAL STATE OF THE THROWDOWN ADDRESS
MIghty Mighty BossToneS - January 11, 2017
INTERVIEW: Nan Coffey and Julie Bergonz
KTNV - August 05, 2016
"Some part of me is in every single piece of art I create. I flow my own stories, experiences, memories into all of my paintings. These inclusion pieces especially are filled with moments of my own life — music I love, my family, friends, events from my life. I think I do that as a way to connect to others, to see how my stories and experiences overlap with others. I believe that we are all connected, we are all one. This is my way of showing that belief, visually."
Connecting communities through art
The San Diego Union Tribune - May 11, 2016
"By using Facebook, Local San Diego Artist, Nan Coffey, creates a platform for people to share their stories with her to become a part of her artwork-involving hundreds of people together in one inspiring painting."
Connecting the World Through Art
Good Morning San Diego - KUSI - April 04, 2016
One painting with 200 stories
CW6 - April 15, 2016
"I’ve found that so many people are going through the same life experiences. I’m creating a space for people to connect and it’s through my art."
San Diego Artist Invites Guests to Contribute to Her Creation
Pesidio Sentinel - May 02, 2016
"“My passion is involving people in my art and connecting them with it,”"
LIKE THIS: NAN COFFEY’S INCLUSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA MISSION
Vanguard Culture - April 11, 2016
"“The response I received on my first public participation painting was amazing. People reacted in such a loving and joyous way and made me realize what my true purpose was.”"
Inclusion art
Mission Valley News - April 08, 2016
"The idea of these characters not being connected themselves but always reaching out to connect to other characters…I think I’ve always done that. I’m just doing it on a much, much larger scale now."
Artwork Archive Featured Artist: Nan Coffey
Artwork Archive - June 15, 2015
"This large-scale original painting spans 178 square feet and is symbolic of Nan’s journey as an artist. It is a visual representation of her inner desire to show people what goes on in her head as well as her desire to stand up, stand out and show people that she is capable of creating whatever her mind conceives, and at whatever size she conceives it."
“(When She’s) Ten Feet Tall,” Nan Coffey
Art Business News - December 15, 2014
"San Diego artist Nan Coffey made an appearance at the Stephen Clayton Gallery during the Coronado Art Walk on September 14th for the release of her print “Some Sugar at the Del”"
Local Artist Nan Coffey Releases Print of “Some Sugar at the Del” at Coronado Gallery
ECoronado - September 16, 2013
"Their food is fantastic to say the least! This summer they are opening their 13th location in downtown San Diego on the corner of First and Broadway and they’ve hired me to create a permanent installation of original paintings for this new location."
FUNTASTIC ORIGINAL ART BY NAN COFFEY AT TENDER GREENS POINT LOMA (LIBERTY STATION)
Tender Greens Blog - May 30, 2013

Bio

Nan Coffey is a contemporary artist based out of San Diego, CA. Nan’s intention is to use her unique artistic talents as a vehicle to show connectivity, inclusion and love (along with a side of Rock’n’Roll and a good beer) to the world. Nan calls her eye-catching style “Art All Over.” Art All Over is based on two basic principles: that her art takes advantage of the entire surface of her chosen canvas and that her art isn’t confined to just traditional canvases, but that she is free to express herself on any object that inspires her creativity. The term Art All Over came naturally as Nan found herself constantly showing objects and items to her husband and telling him that she wants to paint her art all over them.

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.

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