Mark Lyken

Scotland / UK

A pioneer of Scottish Graffiti writing in the 1980s, Mark Lyken is a multitalented visual and acoustic artist dividing his time between painting, composing electronic sound works and film making. His paintings and visual art are heavily influenced by digital transformation, technological meditation and the idea of computers as prosthesis of human personality as well as scale and time of a living cosmos. Mark Lyken’s work can be found on his collaboration with URBAN NATION on Project M/5 in 2014. […]

Biography / Mark Lyken

A pioneer of Scottish Graffiti writing in the 1980s, Mark Lyken is a multitalented visual and acoustic artist dividing his time between painting, composing electronic sound works and film making. His paintings and visual art are heavily influenced by digital transformation, technological meditation and the idea of computers as prosthesis of human personality as well as scale and time of a living cosmos. Mark Lyken’s work can be found on his collaboration with URBAN NATION on Project M/5 in 2014.

Mark Lyken’s work is intense. His paintings and visual art seem like they allow for a detailed view through the dark matter, dying stars and chemical nebulas of the universe from the window of a spaceship, adrift in the vast nothingness of space. Taking influences from cellular division and decay as well as meteorological phenomena, Lyken explores these worlds in an experimental manner, allowing for the viewer to find new meaning and perspectives of interpretation whenever bringing attention to the detailed elements of his work. His unique perspective on visual art has led him to collaborations with artists and scientist from around the world, most notably from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences.