Play your cards right, and you could transform your home décor with the Coalesce release from Dan Lane. Featuring the Ace of Hearts, Ace of Spades, Ace of Clubs and Ace of Diamonds, these striking glass prints explore the historic meanings of playing cards. Themes of war, love, wealth and power are intertwined with Dan's signature orchids, skulls, hummingbirds and butterflies for a contemporary style statement.
Dan says: "All of the cards feature the words ‘Stay Lucky’. I use these words a lot when saying goodbye to people I meet face-to-face; a few people have even nicknamed me ‘Lucky Dan’! There’s a connection to being lucky in card games too, which I think is cool. Most people know what a standard deck of cards looks like, but there are actually thousands of different designs. I got to create my own versions with their own stories."
The limited edition giclée prints are available individually or as a set of four. To find out more, get in touch.
For the original 3D sculptures, Dan experimented with colours, finishes and textures. These included crushed glass, gold and silver leaf, and glass diamonds. The multi-dimensional effect has been recreated for the 2D limited edition artworks via the fine art giclée printing process, which has captured the metallic elements and complex forms of his original pieces.
Derived from the French term gicler - meaning ‘to squirt or spray’ - the term describes a printing process whereby microscopic dots of pigment-based ink are sprayed onto the chosen medium. The richness, accuracy and depth of colour is thanks to the method’s potential to achieve a huge colour gamut (the spectrum of colours distinguishable by the human eye). Unlike the four tones used in lithography, giclées often use six: light cyan, cyan, light magenta, yellow and black.
From the literary classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to DC Comics' Joker and Hollywood films like Casino Royale, the playing card motif has long been a part of popular culture. Other artists to explore the subject include the French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, who created a series of five of oil paintings - titled The Card Players - in the early 1890s. In 2012, the A Portfolio for the Hip (Pocket) exhibition in London saw contemporary artists including David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw, Patrick Heron and Anish Kapoor design their own playing cards.
Dan's ornate wall sculptures often feature unexpected kaleidoscopes of colour and contrasting textures, including metal, marble and pearlised finishes - making them perfect for this autumn/winter's maximalism trend. This 'more is more' aesthetic celebrates individuality and self-expression, letting your home styling tell your guests who you are and what you believe in.
Twisting natural forms through mechanical intervention, the former engineer is inspired by the sculptures found in churches and cathedrals around the world, particularly the excessive Baroque styling of the Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
His original portfolio is excitingly diverse: his subjects range from botanical scenes to skulls, butterflies, graffiti lettering and figurative works. Available in a range of sizes to suit any budget, these one-off creations are made by hand in his studio in Kent.
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