After graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2007, Marcus Lanyon was selected as one of the inaugural Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4's '4 New Sensations'. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize. His work is included in the Zabludowicz Collection.
Lanyon's work focuses on the constant yet seductive ‘disquiet’ that defines our lives now, in contrast to the relative or apparent social certainties of the past. It is an exploration of the climate of social, political and personal anxiety that this engenders. Using a range of materials for both their cultural resonance and ability to echo different stages of human technological development - such as pigment, ink, earth, cloth, clay, bronze, iron and aluminium - the work highlights our diverse, complex and evolving relationships with these key human concerns.
In 2015, Marcus was selected as one of the finalists in the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize. London Bronze Casting sponsored and supported the creation of his piece 'Sentinel' for the prize, enabling the sculpture to be made in aluminium and at a larger scale.
A blog documenting the creation and casting process of 'Sentinel' can be seen here.