Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talk with Marcus Lyon, Shortlisted Artist

Marcus Lyon, shortlisted artist in this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize, will be at York St Mary’s on Thursday 28 May to discuss his photographic practice, process and wider involvement in the art world. In this, the last instalment of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Lunchtime Talks, attendees will be invited to explore key works in the show through the eyes of one of this year’s eight finalists.

Lyon’s works and publications are held in numerous private and international collections including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Arts Council Collection of Great Britain.  Born and raised in rural Britain, he read Political Science at Leeds University and Leadership at Harvard Business School. Turning his attentions to the visual arts, Lyon uses photography and print to reflect on the universal theme of globalisation.

The artist describes his shortlisted piece in the Aesthetica Art Prize anthology, Future Now: “Exodus depicts landscapes without horizons, built from a myriad of perspectives, each one familiar to the inhabitants of these environments and yet intriguingly new: mirroring the multiple patterns of migration that feed these homages to the human will to conquer and adapt in the name of the future.”

Showcasing cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking contemporary artists, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2015 invites viewers to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design, and encourages an awareness of the innovative work being produced across a variety of media today. Connecting with viewers on many levels, the innovators selected for this year’s award hail from locations including Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, Free Lunchtime Talk with Marcus Lyon, 12.30pm, 28 May, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York YO1 9RN.

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1. Marcus Lyon, Exodus IV, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.