Diane Maclean was born in London in 1939. She studied Modern Languages at the University College, London and sculpture at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Diane Maclean currently lives and works in St. Albans, England.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Cheeseburn Grange Hall, Nr. Newcastle Upon Tyne Summer (2015); Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester, (2014); Newby Hall, Yorkshire - 14th Annual Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition; Antingham Arts, Norfolk (2014); Open Book 2013, Ekeberg Sculpture Park; Unknown Man, The Charnel House, Spitalfields, London; Ovum, Change of Heart Botanic Garden, University of Leicester (2013); Expressions of Movement, The Grove, Watford; Place of Reflection, Napoleon Garden, Holland Park, London; Preen, Holland Park, Ice House; EQUINOX - International Sculpture Symposium, Lithuania; Beyond the Material World, Barlane Studios, York; Travellers and Goods, Stephenson’s Works, Newcastle upon Tyne; Ghosts of Gone Birds, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus (2012); BIRD, Killhope Mining Museum, County Durham; A DECADE OF SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN, Leicester University Botanic Garden; Meandering Tai Lake, Wuxi, China (2011); Heart, Hands, Head, Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester (2010)
Diane Maclean makes large-scale work predominantly using stainless steel and light. Her works often draw on engineering expertise as she takes great pleasure in the challenge of new materials, which she uses in response to natural phenomena. The connection and juxtaposition between industry and nature is often the inspiration for many of her sculptures. Maclean was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998. Maclean has received many public commissions, including 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.