Colin Lyons was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1985, and grew up in Petrolia: ‘Canada’s original oil boomtown'. This experience has fueled his interests in industrial ruins and sacrificial landscapes. Fusing sculpture, printmaking, and site-specific installation, his work employs the chemistry of printmaking as a re-enactment of the boom and bust cycles of industrial economies. These projects consider preservation in an age of planned obsolescence and resource depletion, and reflect on issues around geo-engineering, urban renewal and brownfield rehabilitation practices.
Lyons received his BFA from Mount Allison University (2007) and MFA in printmaking from University of Alberta (2012). His work has been shown in 25 solo exhibitions across Canada and the United States, as well as in group exhibitions internationally. Recent projects have been presented at Platform Stockholm (Stockholm), The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), SPACES (Cleveland), CIRCA art actual (Montreal), Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Dawson City), Centre (Hamilton), aceartinc. (Winnipeg), and Artcite (Windsor). He has been the recipient of project grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. In 2016, he was awarded the Grant Wood Fellowship in Printmaking (The University of Iowa), and in 2013 he participated in the Kala Art Institute Fellowship (Berkeley, CA). His projects have been featured in Canadian Art Magazine, Art in Print, Magenta Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, and Vocativ, among others
He currently lives in Binghamton, New York, where he is an assistant professor at Binghamton University (SUNY).