Artist Talks

Marcus Lanyon at Exeter Phoenix and Broomhill

In conjunction with his exhibition Age of Panic, Marcus Lanyon gave a lead some talks to discuss the influences and techniques behind his work. One talk took place at Exeter College and the other at Broomhill Art Hotel in Barnstaple. Marcus chatted about his current solo exhibition, he also expanded on his career, the issues communicated through his artwork and his experience in gaining Arts Council funding for the Age of Panic project.


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.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, Lanyon was selected as one of the inaugural Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s 4 New Sensations. His work is included in the Zabludowicz Collection.


Marcus is currently based in Bristol, UK, and an Associate of Spike Island.

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