BIO

I was born and raised in northern Kentucky. I graduated magna cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and afterwards worked for the school's Exhibitions department. I then moved to Charlotte, NC and worked for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, first as its Collections Assistant and then as the Exhibitions Manager. There in Charlotte I met and married my husband and we had our first daughter.  Soon after becoming pregnant with our second child we moved to New Orleans, LA where I started painting full-time. We now live in the greater Cincinnati area and couldn't be happier.

My art has been all over the board due to commission work, but I have always been creatively driven by the idea of simultaneous order and chaos, and strive to achieve that feeling by having duality and mixed emotions in my work. My palette is high-saturated colors layered upon one another.

 

In early years, I primarily painted commissions that varied in size, subject and style.  I enjoyed painting everything from classic portraits to landscapes, dabbling in surrealism, and playing with abstraction, all while I tried to find a subject matter I could really dive into.

For about 10 years I've been fascinated with Bovine. I  stumbled upon it really.  My father is from Texas so I painted him a longhorn in a field of bluebonnets and enjoyed it so much I have been painting bovine since.  At first, it was just cattle. I still don’t fully understand why I like them so much, but their complex nature is fascinating. A cow can be a cow, or transform to an ethereal beast of the plain you see yourself through.  So, after painting my first 12 or so I did very belated research.  I learned they were part of a greater species, Bovinae, which includes bison and buffalo, and those also belong to the larger Bovine that includes yaks, water buffalos, four horned antelopes and more. All of which have a strong presence about them.

Bovine can be a symbol of gentle nature while simultaneously symbolizing strength and quiet power.  In my personal symbology, every cow contains multiple cows. In many ways my art is about finding their voice, and of course the joy I get from painting them.

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Education 

2004-2009 Savannah College of Art and Design

2016 Weekend Seminar, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts Presentation,Charlotte, NCWeekend Seminar, Where Artifact Meets Exhibition: Preservation and Exhibit Design,Charlotte, NC

 

Awards 

2021 Best of Show, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

Honorable Mention, Art in the Park, Bellevue, KY

2014 Honorable Mention, CLT Arts, Charlotte, NC

2004 Gold Key, Scholastics, KY

Silver Key, Scholastics, KY

 

Exhibitions 

2022

Big Art, The Barn, Cincinnati, OH

DBL Show, Covington, KY 

Bourbon Barrel Walk, Newport, KY

Art After Hours, Campbell County Public Library, FT Thomas, KY

2021

Team Kentucky Gallery , Kentucky Capital, KY

FTC Annual Fundraiser , Fort Thomas Coffee, FT Thomas, KY

20th Anniversary Art in the Park , Beach Park, Bellevue, KY

Day Off Cincinnati, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH

Art After Hours, Campbell County Public Library, Fort Thomas, KY

2019

Art After Hours, Campbell County Public Library, FT Thomas, KY

2017

Another Way of Seeing, New Orleans, LA

Collective Introspective, Pop Up, New Orleans, LA

2015

Charlotte Artist, Orange Olive, Charlotte, NC

Untitled Group Show, Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery, Charlotte NC

2014

Home Grown 2014 , Cornelius Art Center, Charlotte, NC

Composition of Living & Beginning, Gallery Twenty-Two, Charlotte, NC

Art After Hours, Campbell County Public Library, FT Thomas, KY

Human Thoughts & Feelings of Bovine , Heist Brewery, Charlotte, NC

Piercings, Canvas Tattoo & Art Gallery, Charlotte NC

2013

Ethnic Backgrounds , Birdsong Brewery, Charlotte NC

Group Show , Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts, Charlotte, NC

Looking at Nature , Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Grand Opening,Group Show , Paper Cut Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Greatest Asset, Dish , Charlotte, NC

CONTACT

 

ALLYSONCOFFREN@GMAIL.COM

I take a handful of commissions every year, so if you are interested or desire a studio visit please contact me!

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