Readers’ Showcase | Alan Lew | The Art of Intricacy

by Helen Aldous

Alan Jordan Lew was born in Houston, TX 1977.

Alan Lew's intricate collage based art

I started as a classical music composer at 14 then when I turned 17, mixed media collage work came into my life. Reccurring nightmares plagued me at the time about fear of the future, and the consequence of human burden. I was in my last year of high school yet depression seemed to get a hold of me more. The only way at the time to deal with the pressure of school & music was to open myself visually.

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I am a local visual artist, and have been part of 8 group shows. I still love composing music. From modern classical to riot electro-rock. I either do art or music most parts of the day, and long into the night.

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At first I usually have no idea what the image will look like. It’s a process that becomes easier as long as you start somewhere!

I methodically cut small pieces of paper to reconstruct the image onto another natural pattern. It was a hypnotizing experience. For hours I would make patterns and cut the patterns up on another prepared collage. Then sometimes cut that up again. Turning out almost as a “self recycled collage”

Trying to learn the value of space vs. detail comes along the way when color is balanced with shape. My only tools are a pair of regular sized scissors, as many glue sticks as it takes, and applied with my finger.

I’m not used to working with tools such as tweezers. If dealing with 3-dimensional work I must use pliers to break off parts from circuit boards and certain metals.

Moon Shine River

You can see more of Alan’s gorgeous & highly detailed work online



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Benjamin Lew September 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

Just love your art works all over again, They are all such brilliant and imaginative displays. You’re definitely a give person.


Sarah Creason June 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Absolutely awesome art. Alan, you are a collage master. Amazing composition. You need an exhibit displaying your art while playing the music you have created.


Randall May 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Excellent work Cousin! You have been an artistic genius for years, and I think you are a classical music prodigy as well!


Helen Aldous May 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

It is really gorgeous work. Love the amazing detail. Beautiful.


Katie L Sprott May 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Beautiful work. Seriously the best collage art I’ve ever seen! **Love**


Laura Darling May 20, 2011 at 4:40 am

Love this brilliant human since he was a younnnnnng man!


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