Marcus Lyon (b.1965) is a British artist. In the early 90’s he launched the Glassworks, a multidisciplinary production house & gallery for commissioned and original art. He founded the immersive, multi-layered, research-based Human Atlas platform in 2014. As a portrait artist he has photographed a diverse range of humans, from Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Ministers to street children and global social change leaders. He has created bodies of work around dance, disability sport, and development. The early 21st century saw his work move beyond traditional forms as he incorporated sound & DNA science into his work.

Outside the art world, Lyon is a social entrepreneur, a TED speaker, and a founding member of the Hard Art Collective. He has served on the boards of global leadership non-profit Leaders’ Quest, technology transfer NGO Digital Links, the art institution Somerset House and was chairman of the global advocacy agency the Consortium for Street Children. He currently serves on the board of the climate change agency Count Us In, and the Ally Council of Black Leaders Detroit.


News Update

Alta – A Human Atlas of a City of Angels

Our latest instalment in the Human Atlas series is now on press in Verona, Italy.

Alta – A Human Atlas of a City of Angels is a four-year long research-based exploration of social change in Los Angeles in the early 21st Century. Featuring 100 nominees who have made significant contributions to LA and embody the very best of service to humanity.

Over recent months Marcus and the Human Atlas team have been immersed in sound production, infographic design, DNA visualisation & copy creation.

Alta will launch this Fall as part of PST ART: Art & Science Collide. A ground breaking art initiative across Southern California. More information here.

Visit @ahumanatlas on Instagram to go behind the scenes.