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 backdrop.”

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 backdrop. 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 Antonio 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."

 

From the blog

Graffiti art: In The Empty Spaces by Dan Lane

Made famous by artists like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Richard Hambleton, the street art aesthetic is a bold form of self-expression - making it perfect for adding personality to your home décor.

Dan Lane reveals new sculpture in YouTube video

Symbolising that mankind and nature can live in harmony, Dan's striking stainless steel hand sculpture fuses engineering and fine art. Find out more in our exclusive video for our 5 Questions With series.

Magazines and brochures

Dan Lane | In The Empty Spaces

Dan Lane presents his brand new series, In The Empty Spaces. The collection questions the nuances associated with empty spaces; are they actually empty, or do they hold real substance as a foil to the elements that sit adjacent to them?

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2021

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!

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