Richard Deacon

Born in Bangor, Wales, in 1949, Richard Deacon has emerged as one of Britain’s most celebrated sculptors.

From an early stage in his career, Deacon experimented with different media and forms of expression. Drawing and writing, for instance in documenting performance, are an integral part of his practice. In his sculptural work, he uses a wide range of materials, including laminated plywood, concrete, stainless steel, and clay. These structures noticeably emerge from a deeply held interest in the nature of these materials themselves, as well as the way their form may relate to human association or sensory experience. Often seeming abstract at first glance, the sculptures’ forms billow, churn and ripple, approximating the anatomical, suggesting recognizable or organic shapes to the viewer without ever collapsing completely into the already familiar.

In addition to his work as an artist, Richard Deacon held professorships at the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and other institutions.

Aside from numerous solo shows in museums in Europe, America and Asia, he has participated in many of the most significant survey exhibitions including the Carnegie International, documenta and Sculpture Projects, Münster. His works may be found in leading collections all over the world, including the Tate Gallery (London), the Centre George Pompidou (Paris), the Reina Sofia (Madrid), The Museum of Modern Art (New York City), and the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington).

Most recently, in spring 2014, his work was presented at Tate Britain in a major retrospective and in 2012/13 in a solo exhibition at the CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga.

Deacon is the recipient of the 1987 Turner Prize and has been made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996. In 1997, he was awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture in France, and was elected a Royal Academician in 1998. The Akademie der Künste in Berlin elected him a member in 2010.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

The Foundling Museum, London, England

Group exhibition
May 24 – September 4, 2016

New Art Centre, Salisbury, England
Material Language: New Work in Clay

Group exhibition
May 14 – July 14, 2016

City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986
Group exhibition
May 7 – July 3, 2016

Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
On The Other Side
Solo exhibition
August 28, 2016 – March 5, 2017

Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Drawings 1968–2016
Solo exhibition
August 26 – November 13, 2016
Opening August 25, 7pm

Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy
Flat Earth
Solo exhibition
March 17 – April 29, 2016

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center,Baku, Azerbaijan
On The Other Side
Solo exhibition
December 20, 2015 – July 15, 2016

Selected publications

Dieter Schwarz (Ed.)
Richard Deacon: So, And, If, But. Writings 1970-2012
Published by: Richter Frey, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-941263-65-9

Claudia Schmid (DVD)
Richard Deacon: In Between
Produced by: Mindjazz Pictures, 2013

CAC Malága (Ed.)
Richard Deacon

Published by: CAC Málaga, 2012
ISBN: 978-84-939376-9-0

Ulrich Krempel, Joelle Pijaudier-Cabot (Eds.)
The Missing Part

Published by: Walther König, 2010
ISBN: 978-2-35125-082-2

Jon Thompson et al.
Richard Deacon

Published by: Paidon Press, 2000 (first published 1995)
ISBN: 0-7148-3949-3

Information on shows at the gallery

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