Richard Deacon

Born 1949 Bangor, Richard Deacon lives and works in London. Graduated from BA St. Martin’s School of Art, and MA Environmental Media from the Royal College of Art, London.

Deacon’s voluptuous abstract forms have placed him at the forefront of British sculpture since the 1980s and, hugely influential, his works are visible in major public commissions around the world. His voracious appetite for material has seen him move between laminated wood, stainless steel, corrugated iron, polycarbonate, marble, clay, vinyl, foam and leather. As he explains: “Changing materials from one work to the next is a way of beginning again each time (and thus of finishing what had gone before)”.

His works are held in public and private collections including Arts Council of Great Britain, London; British Council Collection, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Contemporary Art Society, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton; University of Warwick, London; and the Tate Collection, London.

Selected solo exhibitions include Deep State, Lisson Gallery, London (2019); Family, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2019); House and Garden, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2019); Richard Deacon, Beijing Commune Gallery, (2018); Richard Deacon – Foundation Studies, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris (2018); Richard Deacon - Thirty Pieces, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2017); Richard Deacon – What You See Is What You Get, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego (2017); Out of Line-Drawings: 1968-2016, Museum Folkwang, Essen (2016); Flat Earth, Lisson Gallery, Milan (2016); This is where ideas come from, Wolfson College, Cambridge (2015); Richard Deacon, Tate Britain, London (2014); Associations, Lisson Gallery, London (2012); The Missing Part, Sprengel Museum, Hanover (2011); and Out of Order, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives (2005). Select group exhibitions include Sculpture Projects Pingyao, Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao, Jinzhong, Shanxi (2019); The Matter in Harmony, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2018); Coming Out, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2018); Richard Deacon RA Selects, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018); Utopias/Heterotopia, Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuzhen (2016); Found, Foundling Hospital, London (2016); Here We Go: A Changing Group Show, Karsten Schubert, London (2013); Art Now: Beating the Bounds, Tate Britain, London (2009); and The Eye of the Storm, Parco la Mandria, Turin (2000). Deacon has curated exhibitions including Abstract Drawing, Drawing Room, London (2014); Garth Evans at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2014); and Image & Idol, Tate Britain, London (2001). 

Awards include Turner Prize, Tate Gallery (1987); the Robert Jakobsen Prize (1995); and the Ernst Franz Vogelmann Prize for Sculpture (2017). Deacon was awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (1997); elected a Royal Academician (1998); elected a member of the Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (2010); and awarded a CBE (1999). He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Leicester (2005), and The Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts (2015).

Last updated: 07.05.2021


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