Insight into the Works of “The Studio

“Zion Harmony” by David Alan

Looking closely at each of these carvings, the interplay between the wood grain and the texture creates a sense of wonder and appreciation.  The materials used and the human skill and insight which goes into making these carvings utterly transforms them into unique works of art.  The inspiration for these new creations comes from diverse sources such as nature, Asian art, and my internal fantasy world.

The simplest things in nature inspire me, such as a raindrop hitting a pool of still water, or the process of mud drying into cracked and jagged pieces of delicate earth.  I am often reminded of nature?s spectacular gifts when I visit the canyons of Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon.

These are the kind of images from nature and the sense of awe I am trying to capture in wood.  Seemingly impossible, yes, but sometimes the most impossible quests produce the most astounding results.

Other pieces in “The Studio by David Alan” are inspired by the designs and motifs of Asian art.  Even after more than 50 trips to India and other parts of Asia, I still hunger for more of these cultures.  My imagination, and therefore my work, is constantly inspired by the remarkably varied artistic expressions and heart touching scenes in find in that part of our world.

My fantasy world inspires the third group of pieces.  Inhabited by strange creatures that are mostly playful and sometimes anthropomorphic, these funny guys show up here and there in these relief carvings.  They make me smile and help balance the serious side of art.

In the end, these new creations are inspired by beauty.  It stems from my life pursuit for, and appreciation of, that which is beautiful.  It is this deep sense of awe and inspiration I wish to bring to life and to you.


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Having journeyed to the Far East and Asia over 20 times in the past 20 years, I’ve been intrigued and inspired by the ingenuity, craftsmanship, balance and human spirit that have gone into the making of those works I have seen and collected.

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