To view Tran's Galleries

1-click here to Tran's old collage - Painful Memory of a Refugee
2- Click here to Tran's Recent Architectural Heritage Collages.
3-Click here to Tran's General Landscape Collages.
4-Click here to Tran's Five Elements - Nude Collages.

5-Click Here to read Tran's Poetry

6- Click Here to view Tran's Zen Garden


Dancing in the Wind

Dancing in the Wind
Torn colours from magazines glued on paper board - Private Colletion

I'm Down. Please help me, Honey!

I'm Down. Please help me, Honey!
Torn colours from magazines glued on paper board -NFS

C'mon - Show me your face

C'mon - Show me your face
Torn colours from magazines glued on paper board - Private Collection - Canada

Hit the road.- Jack! and get lost in the labyrinth of City Centre

Hit the road.- Jack! and get lost in the labyrinth of City Centre
Torn colours from magazines glued on paper board - Private Collection- Australia

Tran's Collage Technique

(This section was written in reply to requests from viewers who wanted to know the process of how Tran's "looked-like-painting" collage is created).

Tran's collage process is very simple. He applies the same painting techniques as an oil/acrylic painter normally does. He starts with a sketch (in pencil). Then, he "paints" it over and over with tiny pieces of colours ripped directly from magazines. As a painter does with a painting, Tran keeps applying many layers of torn colours on a collage until he is happy with the piece or until he wrecks it and throws it away.

It is a very tricky and slow process which takes time, patience, and mind concentration. Finding the right pieces of colours from stacks of magazines for a collage is very challenging. It is important to emphasize that Tran's unique collage technique is an art of therapy. One may need to practice Zen or meditation to enjoy this creative process. He/she can find stillness, calmness, and peace after getting used to this type of slow process. The one who focuses too much on the outcomes will quit it because she/he does not enjoy participating in the creative process.

As Human-beings enjoy their living process, artists enjoy their creative process. While living process hits its dead end - the unavoidable death, the creative process ends up in many amazing artworks for viewers to enjoy for centuries.

Art Critique

Art Critique
Go Art -Times-Colonist June 26, 08

Monday, September 22, 2008

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Art Studio:
- 3217 Irma St.Victoria, BC, Canada

Electronic Studio:
- www.papercollage.ca
Email:
- vietcanada4@hotmail.com