Colin Lyons was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1985, and grew up in Petrolia, “Canada’s original oil boomtown”; his years there have fueled his interests in industrial ruins and sacrificial landscapes. His recent work fuses printmaking, sculpture, and chemical experiments. He explores industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence, considering planned obsolescence and the nature of what we choose to preserve.
Lyons received his BFA from Mount Allison University (2007) and MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta (2012). Recent projects have been presented at Platform Stockholm, The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley), SPACES (Cleveland), CIRCA (Montreal), Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Dawson City, Yukon), Centre (Hamilton, Ontario), and aceartinc. (Winnipeg). He has been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
Learn more about Conrad's fellowship in the interview below.