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Born in West Yorkshire, Lancaster initially worked for the family textile business, James Lancaster & Son, and studied textile technology. In 1961 he went on to study Fine Art at Newcastle University, later going to the Bath Academy of Art. He first went to New York in 1964, where he worked briefly for Andy Warhol as an assistant, and met key American artists who would come to influence his work, including Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly and Jasper Johns. As Artist in Residence at King's College, Cambridge from 1969 to 1970, he met Duncan Grant, whose influence Lancaster merged with what he had garnered from the American artists. In 1972 he moved more permanently to New York. In 1974 an exhibition of his work, 'Paintings Cambridge/New York', was held at the Walker Art Gallery.