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.


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I.Detroit: A Human Atlas of an American City

Over an extremely busy few months the studio has been heads down focusing on formalising the image, sound and DNA data gathered by the team in the City of Detroit over the past two years. Working with expert colleagues at Family Tree DNA in Houston, Texas Lyon has  plotted the ancestral DNA  of all 100 nominees and built a detailed map their generational migration to Detroit. Alongside the genetic mapping, Shervorn Monaghan of the Laundry Room in Islington has been working on the detailed image finishing on the 100 artworks that accompany the data. Meanwhile, Matt Hill and Sarah Myles of Rethink Audio have been building the soundscapes that will activate with the bespoke App built by the tech geniuses at Calvium in Bristol. In tandem, working with Jim Sutherland and Rosey Trickett of Studio Sutherl&, the Human Atlas team have been building the design framework and form of the new book and exhibition.

I.Detroit: A Human Atlas of an American City will publish summer 2020. To pre-order your Limited Edition book – reservation can be made through

In other news… Over 2,000 people visited the Somos Brasil: A Human Atlas of a Nation exhibition held on Trafalgar Square in London in mid 2019 and the Limited Edition We: deutschland book won the top prize for self published books in the British Book Awards in December.

In the press… Read LYON’s recent interview for BJP here

and finally, Marcus’ TED, Is your identity given or created? has been