Diane Maclean was born in London, of Scottish descent. She studied Modern Languages at the University College, London from 1956–59 and lived abroad, mainly in Africa, between 1961–76. Between 1980 and 1985, Maclean studied sculpture at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design.
Maclean enjoys the challenge of new materials, which she employs in a response to natural phenomena. This may appear contradictory, but the connections between industrial materials and the natural world provide many starting points in her sculptures.
Maclean’s sculptures are in many public collections in Scotland, England, Wales, Canada and Finland, where she has previously been Lecturer in Environmental Art at the Helsinki Fine Art Academy. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998 and is a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists.
Choosing to work outside the commercial gallery system has meant that Maclean has made her way in the realm of public commissions and temporary installations. These can be found in places as diverse as Dundee, 2005 and the University of Guelph, Canada, 2004.
‘Mountain’, 2005–06, was commissioned for the Natural History Museum and is now sited at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2011, Maclean completed commissions for Essex County Council with the piece ‘Shoots’ and was short–listed for the Gateway Project at Seabird Centre, North Berwick. In 2012, Maclean is exhibiting at Ekeberg Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway and Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth, Australia.
Diane Maclean currently lives and works in St. Albans, England.