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Michael Lyons FRBS, FRSA

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Sculptor Michael Lyons FRBS, FRSA
Michael Lyons

About Michael Lyons

In 1998 Michael Lyons held a 20 year Survey Show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, of which he was a Founding Member. Since then he has worked extensively in China, Mexico and Argentina extending his use of mild steel to encompass stainless steel and copper. In 2003 he won the Premio Fondo Nacional at the Guilin Yuzxi Paradise International Sculpture Awards. In 2006 he won the Premio Fondo Nacional de las Artes in the Chaco Biennale of Sculpture, Argentina. In 2007 he represented Britain in "Open" - an International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installations in Venice. In 2008 he exhibited in "Steel Sculpture" organized by the Fundacion Villacero at the Rami Koc Museum, Istanbul and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Monterrey, Mexico. In 2011/12 he is exhibiting in the London Bridge City Sculpture Exhibition, Hays Galleria, London. Three sculptures and ten drawings entitled "The Lady Zhen`s Well" have just been acquired by The Yale Centre for British Art, Yale University, USA.
Sculptor Michael Lyons FRBS, FRSA
Michael Lyons

Exhibition History of Michael Lyons

One Person Exhibitions
1979 - Serpentine Gallery
1995 - Sculpture from 1977 to 1995 Fleet Place
1998 - Michael Lyons Sculpture and Works on Paper, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
1999 - Major Survey Exhibition of 20 years work, outdoor continued to Spring
2003 - Celebrate - 60th Birthday Exhibition, Selby Abbey and Arts Centre
2003 - Under Heaven; A Chinese Odyssey, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
2004 - Points of Connection: Michael Lyons - Drawings and Sculpture, Angelus Gallery, Winchester College Art School
2006 - Michael Lyons - Outdoor Sculpture, DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Durham (World Culture 2006 Festival)
2009 - First Light: China Morning, Salon Gallery, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2010-11 - Continuity, Drawings and Outdoor Sculpture at York Teaching Hospital
2013 - Artists Rocks: Echo and Revelation` Yorkshire Sculpture Park "The Mithras Suite" New School House Gallery, York
"Michael Lyons - A Retrospective View" 108 Fine Art, Harrogate
2014 - "Sculpture in the Workplace" 1 Canada Square and Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London
2015 - Aldeburgh Beach Lookout (Caroline Wiseman) : new drawings, photographs, poems and sculptures in clay and wax
2015 - ‘Half-Light’, New School House Gallery, York

Group Exhibitions
1979/80 - The British Art Show
1987/88 - Steel Sculpture - tour to Germany, Holland, Belguim and UK
1991 - Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture
1997 - Filosofgangen, Odense, Denmark (Guest Artist Riimfaxe Association)
1998/2000 - A Labour of Love - Drawings and Models by British Sculptors from Suclpture at Goodwood, Pallant House Gallery, Mannheim, and Nordbrants
1999 - Four Centuries of Sculpture, Ferens Art Gallery
2000 - Sculpture in the Square Mile
2001 - 90th Anniversary of Tsinghua University Art and Science International
2002 - I Encuentro De Escultura Y Dibujo Escultorico International
2003 - Canterbury Festival of Sculpture
2004 - Saint Luis Potosi Festival
2005-06 - Monumental Stainless Steel Sculpture, Abadesus Park, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
2006 - Public Art for Beijing Olympics: City Sculpture Proposal
2006 - Newby Hall Contemporary Sculpture Park
2006 - Bienal 2006, Chaco, Argentina
2006-10 - Sotheby`s, Chichester
2007 - Newby Hall Contemporary Sculpture Park
2007 - Open 10, International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installation, Venice, Lido, Italy
2007 - Instituto Tlaxcalteca de Cultura, Tlaxcala, Mexico
2007 - Monumental Sculpture in Stainless Steel (IMSS), Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City
2008 - Rill Gardens, Stillingfleet Nurseries
2008 - Newby Hall Contemporary Sculpture Park
2008 - Kiku Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2008 - INOXTEMPERA Monumental Sculpture in Stainless Steel, Puebla, Mexico
2008 - Steel Sculpture, IREPAS 58th, Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul, St Jacobi Church, Hamburg, Germany
2008 - 1st Guadalajara Sculpture Biennale Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts,
2008 - University of Guadalajara, Mexico
2008-09 - Into Abstraction, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
2009 - Strategies of Form: Steel Sculpture, MARCO (Museum of Contemporary Art), Monterrey, Mexico
2009 - Sixth Sense, Gallery Six, Imperial Wharf, Chelsea Harbour, London
2009 - UK/Japan, Lennox Gallery, Chelsea, London
2010 - 4th Beijing Art Biennale, Millenium Galleries, Beijing, China
2010 - Palmer Biennale (Adelaide, Australia)
2010 - Newby Hall Contemporary Sculpture Park
2010 - Sculpture Promenade, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University
2011 - A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden, Botanic Garden, Leicester University
2011-12 - London Bridge City Sculpture Exhibition, Hays Wharf, London
2011-12 - United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 70s, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
2013 - Monumental Stainless Steel Sculpture, Merida, Mexico
2014 - London Art Fair; ‘2nd International Steel Sculpture Exhibition’, Sebastian Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico
2014–15 - ‘Narrating Objects: Unlocking the Stories of Sculpture’, Leeds Art Gallery
2015 - Lenten Cover sited as five-year loan at University of Leeds (part of Campus Art Trail)

Michael Lyons

Biography / CV of Michael Lyons

Michael was born in 19943 and lives and works in Yorkshire, England. From 1994 to 1997 he was Vice President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He is a Trustee of the Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture and the UK Director of the Association of Monumental Sculpture (Tultepec Mexico). In 2001 he was an Advisor to Tsinghua University`s Art and Science Exhibition and Global Symposium.

1992 Associate, Royal British Society of Sculptors
1993 Council, Royal British Society of Sculptors
1994 Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; Fellow, Royal British Society of Sculptors
1994–97 Vice-President, Royal Society of British Sculptors

Awards and Prizes of Michael Lyons

2003 - Yuzi Prize (Joint First Prize) 1st Guilin Yuzi Paradize International Sculpture Awards
2006 - Premio Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Chaco Biennale, Argentina

Also Arts Council Awards, British Council Grants, Elephant Trust Award.


Residencies and Symposia
1987 - Kleinwefers Symposium of Steel Sculpture
1998 - Guilin Yuzi Paradise International Sculpture
1999 - Chanchun International Sculpture Symposium
2000 - TEDA International Urban Sculpture Symposium
2000 - Hangzhou International Symposium and Invitational Exhibition
2001 - Yanqing International Sculpture Symposium
2001 - Residency at Vermont Studio Centre
2002 - Redgate Residency - China
2004 - XIII Symposia International De Excultura en Acreo Inoxidable Tultepec
2006 - 2nd International Symposium of Sculpture in Stainless Steel, Comitan Mexico
2009 - Residency at Shanghai Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China
2014 - Aldeburgh Beach Lookout (Caroline Wiseman Modern and Contemporary)

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Michael Lyons

1985/86 - Doves of Peace commissioned by Manchester City Council
1990 - Argonaut commissioned by the Hampshire Sculpture Trust of Portmouth University
2001 - Dawn of Time commissioned by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
2002 - Primal Energy Earth/Air Continuum commissioned by Wingfield Arts
2007 - "Scorpio" permantly installed in Technologica de Monterrey (University of San Luis Potosi) Mexico
2008 - Argonaut owned by Portmouth University re-sited as focal point in refurbished campus
2010 - Gateway: New Beginnings and Fleeting Sun: Serpents Rising permantly sited at Parque Bicentenario, Metepec, Mexico
2011 - Voice of the Mountain: Sudden Storm permanently sited at Shanghai Sculpture Park "Unity of Opposites: Vortex on loan to Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2012 - Eartrise renamed Trade Wind (Formerly owned by the Jerwood Foundation) sited in Jakarta, Indonesia
2014 - Fènix Balears, for private collection in Palma, Mallorca

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London; Birmingham Museums; Bradford City Art Galleries; Municipality of Büyükçekmece, Istanbul; Caroline Wiseman Modern and Contemporary; Government of Changchun, China; Government of Comitan, Chiapas, Mexico; Dudley MBC; East Suffolk Council; Ferens Art Gallery: Hull Museums; University of Guadalajara, Mexico; Government of Hangzhou, China; Hepworth Wakefield; Jerwood Foundation; Leeds Museums and Galleries (Art Gallery) ; University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; Manchester City Galleries; Northern Arts Association; Norwich Union, York; Government of Penglai City, China; University of Portsmouth; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, London; Provident Financial Collection, Bradford; Qiang Giang New City Development, Hangzhou, China; Sentul City Park, Bogor, Indonesia; Shanghai Sculpture Park, China; Museums Sheffield; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; TEDA College, Nankai University, Tianjin, China; Urunday Foundation and City of Resistencia, Argentina; Villacero Foundation Monterrey, Mexico; Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester; Yale Center for British Art; Yanqing Government, China; Yorkshire Arts Association

Private Collections in the UK, USA, China, Canada, Denmark, Mexico, Germany and Mallorca

Public Works of Michael Lyons

The Arts Council of England
Changchuyn Government (China)
Hangzhou Government (China)
Urunday Foundation and City of Resistencia (Argentina)
University of Guadalajara (Mexico)
Yale Centre for British Art (USA)
Withworth Art Gallery - University of Manchester
Leeds City Arts Galleries
The Jerwood Foundation.

Qualifications / Education of Michael Lyons

1959 - 63 NDD (National Diploma in Design), Sculpture, Wolverhampton College of Art
1963 - 64 ATD (Art Teacher`s Diploma), Hornsby College of Art
1964 - 67 BA Fine Art, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Michael Lyons

Bibliography (recent)

Peter Murray, David Sweet, Michael Lyons, ‘Michael Lyons’ [exhibition catalogue], Yorkshire Sculpture Park (1998)

Judith LeGrove, ‘Close encounters of the three-dimensional kind: an experiential biography of Michael Lyons’ Green Bronze IV (1980), unpublished (winner of the 2010 Henry Moore Institute MA essay prize)

Ann Elliott, ‘Scale Appropriate’, catalogue essay for exhibition at Canary Wharf (2014)

Judith LeGrove, The Sculpture of Michael Lyons (Sansom&Company, 2013)

David Sweet, ‘Natural causes: the sculpture of Michael Lyons’, Sculpture Journal, 22.2 (2013)

Judith LeGrove, ‘Michael Lyons: from Bilston to Beijing’, SculpturesPacific, 11 (2015)

Michael Lyons and Judith LeGrove, ‘Half-Light’ (catalogue for exhibition at New School House Gallery, York, 2015)

James Hamilton, ‘The Sculpture of Michael Lyons by Judith LeGrove’ [book review], Sculpture Journal (forthcoming)

Teaching Experience

1989/93 Head of Sculpture- Manchester Metropolitan Uni
1993 Guest Professor - National Institute of Fine Arts
2002 Guest Professor - Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts

Visiting Teaching includes

Emily Carr College - Canada
Royal Academy Schools - London
School of the Art Institute of Chicago - USA.

Price Range of Work

Michael Lyons's work has a price range from £26,675 to £41,675

Mediums utilised

Michael Lyons's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Michael Lyons's work is found in the following categories on site:
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary (5)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (5)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (4)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary (3)
Fabricated Metal Abstract sculpture (2)
Monumental Sculptures (2)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (2)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (2)
Vegetable Sculptures / Statues / statuettes
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Michael Lyons's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2016 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2015 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2014 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2013 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2012 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2011 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2010 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2009 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2008 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2007 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2006 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2005 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2004 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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"All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. "
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