Danny Lane was born in Urbana, Illinois in 1955. He moved to Maine in 1975 to study with Patrick Reyntiens, an artist working in stained glass. He went on to study painting at Byam Shaw School of Art from 1975–77, then joined the painting course being taught by Cecil Collins at the Central School of Art from 1977–80.
Lane’s work combines monumental and brutal physicality, primarily using stacked and fractured glass, together with twisted or rusted steel. Refractive and reflective qualities of the material are used to challenge expectations, engaging the viewer in a physical and metaphysical dialogue. Through exploiting the strength of glass under compression and combining feats of design and engineering, Lane produces work that has sophisticated construction despite the apparent simplicity.
Lane works frequently on a commission basis, both nationally and internationally and his work belongs to museums, private and corporate collections worldwide. Significant commissions include a balustrade of stacked glass for the glass gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1994; Canary Wharf, London, 2001; General Motors, US, 2005. Site specific works such as ‘Opening Line’, 2004, Gateshead, UK and ‘Assembly Field’, 2006, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, UK, are inspired by, and re–draw their surroundings through the manipulation of space and light.
Danny Lane has worked in London since the 1980's and continues to call it his base today.