In his dark, intricate sculptures, Dan Lane aka Mechanica twists natural forms through mechanical intervention, presenting an industrial version of life.
History and Background
After working as an engineer for 15 years, Dan began creating sculptures as a hobby. Amazed by his talent, his friends and family persuaded him to go public with his art in April 2014.
The response was overwhelming, and he subsequently featured in a range of local and national newspapers, magazines, blogs and TV programmes – including BBC News at Six. That August, he was selected to take part in our summer exhibition at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair, and was subsequently signed to Washington Green.
Ideas and Inspirations
One of Dan's greatest sources of inspiration is the sculptures found in churches and cathedrals around the world. In particular, he enjoys the presence and mood of over-the-top Baroque styling, such as that by the Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
He seeks to incorporate this style within his own work, creating a strong focal point whilst exploring the concept of dark yet beautiful art.
Nature also influences his artwork, with many of his pieces featuring flowers, insects and birds. He explains: "I love the idea of having something beautiful like a butterfly or hummingbird trying to find its place or break out of the mechanical worlds I create."
From Palette to Picture
Each of Dan's sculptures involves months of meticulous searching and collecting parts from different sources. Most begin with a central figure that inspires him, and he then spends countless hours building a mechanical world around it.
Although many assume that his pieces are made from metal, they actually incorporate many different materials, including plastics and ceramics.
Each piece is primed and sprayed with a dark metallic grey, then dry brushed with silver to create a weather-worn effect and enhance the illusion that the sculpture is cast from metal. The natural features are hand-painted and fixed into position afterwards, creating his trademark contrast between nature and industry.