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Dan Lane

Born: Kent
Exhibitions: Summer Exhibition (Castle Fine Art, 2014), Every Piece Of Me (Castle Fine Art, 2015), Unchained (Village Underground, 2017)
“My work acts as an invite into my intricate imagination; my dark yet beautiful world of nature against an industrial back drop.”

In his dark, intricate sculptures, Dan twists natural forms through mechanical intervention, presenting an industrial version of life.

Inspiration

The former engineer hit the headlines in 2014, when he was featured in a range of national newspapers, magazines and TV programmes, including BBC News at Six. Following this, Dan was signed to our publisher, Washington Green.

He is inspired by the sculptures found in churches and cathedrals around the world, particularly the presence and mood of the over-the-top Baroque styling of the Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Nature also influences his art, with many pieces featuring flowers, insects and birds.

Dan says: “My work acts as an invite into my intricate imagination; my dark yet beautiful world of nature against an industrial back drop. I love the idea of having something beautiful like a butterfly or hummingbird try to find its place and break out of the mechanical worlds I create.”

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Inside the world of Dan Lane

Inspired by the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo and Antonia Canova, Dan's new sculptures - collectively titled Modern Relics - reimagine a classic style in a thoroughly modern setting. With authenticity in mind, he intertwines the exploration of how we treat our bodies with a desire to create works which look like they could be hundreds of years old.  

Dan says: "Over the last year, I have developed a technique of casting marble that gives it the right feel while also retaining the natural cracks and imperfections that are impossible to reproduce by painting. This alludes to my concept of these sculptures as a modern relic, as it gives the pieces a sense of age.  

"The copper finish is one I’ve also developed over time. It’s a technique which mixes real, hand-applied copper leaf with paint-aging methods. The aging method can be taken to the extreme by using chemicals to produce a natural Verdigris (a bluish-green patina). I love the warm tones of the copper, and it really helps the engraved or sculpted tattoos stand out from the sculpture."

 

Upcoming events

Dan Lane | Pop-Up Gallery | London

Two years on from his solo Unchained show, Dan will be back in London in November 2019. Once the capital’s largest brewery, the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is now East London’s creative quarter and the perfect setting for Dan to introduce the work from his new collection, Coalesce. Visit the pop-up gallery this November and discover more about this unique collection, fusing elements from his popular Modern Relics sculptures with his beautiful Still Life originals.

The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London
E1 6QL

From the blog

AVAILABLE NOW: Fine Art Collector

Cancel your weekend and evening plans, you've got a date with the brand-new issue of our magazine. Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, it's a must-read!

PRE-ORDER: Coalesce by Dan Lane

The Old Truman Brewery in London will showcase new original works by Dan Lane this November. Ahead of the pop-up gallery’s opening, the pieces are now available to pre-order.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2019

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2019

The Spring  2019 issue of Fine Art Collector is brimming with insights and news from the art world, as well as all of your favourite artists.

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