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ALAN CHEN – A Visual Artist Breathing Life into Stories

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

By Dr. Renée Ralph, Co-Founder, The Brilliant Foundation

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of interviewing and chatting with Mr. Alan Chen, who graduated with a Masters of Arts in Production Design in Film and Television from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He is a delightful and cheerful individual who has worn many hats as a filmmaker, an illustrator, art director, graphic designer, director, producer, writer, comic artist, head of department, and a teacher. He says: “A long time ago, people gathered around fires to listen to and tell stories. I believe that this tradition is what brings us together and can help inspire us to reach our greatest potential.”

Organisations who have called on Alan’s services include Fox Films, Nintendo, Universal Music, YouTube, Screen Australia, NSW Health, Transport for NSW, BPay, Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and the Australian Maritime Museum.

Photo : A sneak preview to the new book "The Mummy Daddy's Book" by Alan Chen

Over the last 24 years, Alan has been on a quest to acquire the skills to become a master storyteller. Especially now, he is a father to his 5 year old daughter, Arya who is learning fast to be a narrator, illustrator and storyteller herself. The proud father says that she is an articulate conversationalist who is clear on her instructions and artistic ideas. (Hear Arya's narration below introducing The Mummy Daddy's Book that will be launched on 31 October 2021)

Video clip : Arya who is 5 years of age introducing The Mummy Daddy's book that will be launched on 31 October 2021.

Alan with his Chinese heritage and Macedonian wife, Aneta have created Arya, their daughter, is a wonderment and gift in itself. The trio have embarked on a magical journey of discovering, nurturing, laughing, chatting and playing.

For their daily family activity, Alan and his wife spend time together drawing with Arya – they share stories, delight in each other’s company, draw and paint on paper and dabble with digital art.