Marcus Lyon (b.1965) is a British artist. He was born and raised in rural England and studied Political Science at University. Commissioned and exhibited globally, his works are held in both private and international collections, including the Detroit Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Arts Council Collection (UK) and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington DC. The 21st century saw his work move beyond traditional forms as he began to incorporate sound & science into his practice. He has created extensive bodies of work on dance, identity & globalisation. Outside the art world, Lyon is a determined social entrepreneur: A TED speaker, he currently serves as a Board Director of Somerset House and Leader’s Quest as well as supporting BLESMA  and Home-Start UK  as an Ambassador.


News Update

Autumn 2018 – I.Detroit – A Human Atlas of an American city

Throughout 2018 Lyon’s studio has been working on his next significant human atlas in the city of Detroit. I.Detroit is an extensive, research-based, social-impact, art initiative supported by the Kresge Foundation. The project will uncover and tell the stories of 100 extraordinary Detroiters who are moving the needle in this much-misrepresented city. During the autumn the I.Detroit team set up studio in the city to collate oral histories, photographic portraits and ancestral DNA tests of a cohort of nominated individuals…to see behind the scenes of this endeavour, please visit…I.Detroit on Facebook & on The Detroit News website.

In other news the WE: deutschland book and exhibition launched in Hamburg, Germany in early September with plans for a large exhibition in Berlin during 2019. The project, sponsored by Danish corporation momondo’s Open World Network endeavoured to explore the extraordinary diversity of a European nation at a time of significant political change. Listern to Marcus here talk about the project.

Both the WE: deutschland and Somos Brasil books are now available for international shipping from the Glassworks Gallery on