About Marcus Lyon

Marcus Lyon (b. 1965) is a British artist. His works and publications are held in both private and international collections including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Arts Council of Great Britain. He has been commissioned and exhibited globally. Born and raised in rural Britain, Lyon read Political Science at Leeds University, Leadership at Harvard Business School and Performance Measurement at the Kennedy School of Government. His early working life with Amnesty International in Latin America was the inspiration for his twenty-five year exploration of the issues at the heart of globalisation.

In the early 90′s he founded the Glassworks, an award-winning multidisciplinary art studio that acts as a gallery, exhibition venue and centre of excellence for commissioned and original art. His images have won numerous awards and nominations including the B&H Gold Award, Agfa Photographer of the Year, Prix Pictet 2012 & 2013, a D&AD Silver and five AOP’s. The early 21st century saw his work move from the micro to the macro with the formation of the large scale BRIC, Exodus and Hinterland series: explorations of the megacity and migration in the modern world. In recent years he has undertaken significant collaborative commissions producing large-scale imagery in the sports/science/art arena, most notably his STADIA and Optogenome series. His current body of work, TIMEOUT, explores the recreation activities that define the relationship of man and nature in a time where shelter, sustenance and safety have seemingly been assured for many.

Outside of the art world Lyon is a determined social entrepreneur and an active public speaker on both photography and development. In the not for profit sector he serves on the board of the Somerset House and Leaders’ Quest and is a Founder Ambassador for both Home-Start UK and the global think-tank The Consortium for Street Children.

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