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Dartford artist prepares to launch his exhibition at Greenhithe gallery

PUBLISHED: 09:09 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:09 12 April 2016

Dan Lane. Picture by: Ak Suggi

Dan Lane. Picture by: Ak Suggi

Image © Ak Suggi

Dan Lane has adopted the artist pseudonym Mechanica.

Dan Lane's Hummingbird GardenDan Lane's Hummingbird Garden

An engineer who became a professional artist two years ago will be launching his first major exhibition in Greenhithe.

Dan Lane - who was born in Dartford - will be bringing his Every Piece of Me exhibition to Castle Galleries in Bluewater Shopping Centre on April 23.

He will be appearing at the gallery to speak to guests between 1pm and 4pm.

Mr Lane worked as an engineer at Biggin Hill for 15 years, which has influenced his art.

The assemblage artist uses pieces of machinery to create sculptures - building up his work using items such as industrial machine parts and home appliances.

He has adopted the artist pseudonym Mechanica.

Mr Lane - who attended Wentworth Primary School - was signed to fine art publisher Washington Green after applying to take part in their 2014 summer exhibition.

His first solo show took place in London last year.

He is looking forward to the Greenhithe exhibition.

He said: “Being signed to Washington Green has allowed me to be a full-time professional artist – this has in turn given me time to develop my art, techniques and style.

“One of the biggest benefits has been the exposure across the UK, which I wouldn’t have been able to achieve on my own.

“I’m really looking forward to having my work exhibited in my home town for all my friends and family to see. I only live about five minutes from the gallery and often pop in to say hello to the dedicated team that works there.”

Gallery manager Peter Gilby added: “This home coming show will be very special – it’s where it all started for Dan. Since Dan went public with his artwork a few years ago, he has been met with an overwhelming response.

“Dan’s sculptures are the result of months of meticulous collecting of parts and features from all manner of different sources and in this way his work defies labels, standing apart from recognised genres. His work unites elements of nature, religious iconography and the mechanics industry, creating an artistic fingerprint of his own.”

The exhibition will be running until May 1.

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