Marcus Patton was born in Enniskillen and studied architecture at Queen’s University. His work ranges from pen-and-ink drawings to watercolours and silkscreen prints. He has drawn buildings in every county of Ireland and many parts of England, Scotland and Wales, and abroad as far as Australia. Much of his other work concerns music and includes some four hundred silkscreened posters for concerts and operas. He has illustrated books on topography, music, architecture and fiction, and contributed illustrations to a wide variety of magazines. He became a trustee of the Belfast Print Workshop when it was established as an independent body and was its chairman for some years. He is currently a trustee of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig and was made an Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy in 2015. He was awarded the OBE in 1995.