Lindsay Daen was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1923, and raised in Australia. Early in life, he took to writing, mostly articles and short stories and at age 16, joined the city newspaper in Sydney as reporter.

After serving in the Australian Army during World War II, he married poetess, Betty South, and in 1945 he entered the Art School in Sydney. It was later, however, at the School of Arts in Adelaide, South Australia, when he was given the unencumbered freedom to experiment with all sorts of materials, that he found his truest expression in the world of sculpture.

Returning to Sydney in 1948 to establish his own discipline and influenced by the aboriginal drawings and Melanesian carvings he had so often seen at the Sydney Art Museum, his now familiar elongated figures began to emerge. At the age of 25, he was elected into the Royal Art Society in Sydney.

Daen and his wife sailed for the United States at the end of 1949 and became permanent U.S. residents in 1951.

After he and Betty divorced in 1953, Daen moved to New Orleans La., and settled into the French quarter. There he continued to work, gaining greater recognition with shows at the New Orleans Art Museum, as well as the Houston Art Museum and the Whitney Art Museum in New York City.

Following the exhibition of his work at the Whitney, he accepted an invitation by the Puerto Rican Government in 1955 to bring the first major show of sculpture to the Island. Shortly after, he married native-born Loulette Bouret and moved his studio to the Caribbean Island, where he found a combination of factors ideally suited to his way of working; a climate that enabled him to work outdoors the year round and a calm ambiance with the relative isolation that he had always sought. For the next 40 years, he would make in his San Juan studio the full-sized models for his sculpture to ship and be cast in bronze at the Codina art foundry in Madrid.

Well-known works emerging out of this period include THE FISHERMAN, a cast of which is in the Hirshhorn collection, and LA ROGATIVA, the landmark monument whose commanding presence overlooks the old walled city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1973, Daen was commissioned to make THE JOURNEYER, the U.S. Bicentennial statue for Philadelphia.

After his wife Loulette’s death in 1977, he went to Australia after thirty years absence with a retrospective show in Sydney and later to erect the monuments ADELAIDE REGINA for the City of Adelaide’s Town Hall and JEMMY MORRILL in Brisbane.

In 1984, in Madrid, Daen met Laura Ross, of Philadelphia. It was a marriage and partnership, where, over the next 17 years she would be his muse and continual inspiration, collaborating closely with him in all aspects of his life and work.
Applying patina to Standing Girl with Hoop