American visual artist Dan Dailey has simultaneously produced sculpture and functional art with an emphasis on lighting since 1970. It is the thematic pursuit of portraying human and animal nature, combined with a long held interest in creating functional art, that most clearly defines his work as an artist. Every piece of work begins with a drawing, and proceed with “an industrial palette”, consisting largely of glass and metal. Dailey’s drawings and the objects they inspire depict human character and the world we inhabit, with many familiar forms rendered iconic. Dailey’s myriad series explore extraordinary concepts with a broad range of themes and styles. These attributes and over forty years of achievement and recognition have made Dan Dailey a prominent artist in the history of glass, and unique among American artists.