Richard Deacon  (Welsh, 1949) 

Richard Deacon (Welsh, b.1949) is an Abstract sculptor who was born in Bangor, Wales. He received his education from the Somerset College of Art in Taunton (1968), St. Martin''''s School of Art in London (1970–1973), and the Royal College of Art (1974–1977). He has a MA in Environmental Media.

Deacon''''s work consists of small scale items that can be shown in museums and galleries as well as larger pieces that are more suited for occasions such as dance performances or special events. In 1993, he worked on set designs and costumes with the producers of a major dance show. The show toured in France and performed at La Ferme Du Buisson in Paris. Deacon is known for creating pieces that combine human elements with materials such as wood, metal, and sometimes plastic. He refers to himself as being a fabricator rather than a sculptor. The artwork he created early in his career features sleek and curvy shapes. In his work, metal pieces are often twisted and bent into shapes that refer to the inner and outer workings of the human body. He frequently laminates wood and makes it into large shapes of ribbons.

Many countries have offered Deacon the opportunity to create work for them on large scales. Moor is a large piece that stands high, next to a bridge, at Victoria Park in Plymouth. Deacon''''s work has been exhibited throughout the world in solo showings and in international surveys such as documenta IX (1992). He represented Wales in 2007 at the Venice Biennale. In 2008, he was one of only five artists who were selected to work on the Angel of the South project. In 1987, Deacon received the Turner Prize award, and he was selected as a Commander of the British Empire in the 1999 New Year Honors List. Deacon currently works and resides in London. His work is represented by the Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin, Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, and The LA Louver Gallery in Los Angeles, among others.

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Richard Deacon, Alphabet O


Richard Deacon
Alphabet O

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Richard Deacon, No Red


Richard Deacon
No Red

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Richard Deacon, Little Assembly


Richard Deacon
Little Assembly

New Art Centre
Richard Deacon, No. 7


Richard Deacon
No. 7

Lillian Heidenberg Fine Art
Richard Deacon, Different Path


Richard Deacon
Different Path

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Richard Deacon, Another Path


Richard Deacon
Another Path

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Richard Deacon, Like a Baby


Richard Deacon
Like a Baby

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Richard Deacon, Path


Richard Deacon

New Art Centre
Richard Deacon, Bamako


Richard Deacon
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Richard Deacon, Not Yet Beautiful


Richard Deacon
Not Yet Beautiful, 1994
welded polycarbonate


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Richard Deacon, Ohne Titel (Muzot) (2 works)


Richard Deacon
Ohne Titel (Muzot) (2 works), 1987


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Richard Deacon, Band of Gold


Richard Deacon
Band of Gold, 1990
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1949   Born in Bangor, Wales
1968 - 1969   Somerset College of Art, Taunton
1969 - 1972   St Martins School of Art, London
1974 - 1977   Royal College of Art, London
1977 - 1978   Chelsea School of Art, London (part-time)
1987   Awarded Turner Prize, London
1994   Visiting Professor, London Institute (Chelsea School of
1996   Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Ministry of Culture, France
1998   Elected as a member of the Royal Academy CBE award
2004   Will-Grohmann-Preis, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
  Lives and works in London
2012 - 2013   CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain (solo)
2010 - 2011   Auswertung der Flugdaten: Die Kunst der 80er. Eine Düsseldorfer Perspektive, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010 - 2011   The Missing Part, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
2010   Brave New World: From the Perspective of Mudam Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2010   The Inside New Art Centre, Salisbury, UK (solo)
2010   Collection XXVI: The Artefactum years, MHKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium
2010   The Missing Part, MAMCS Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France (solo)
2009   Add & Subtract, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
2009   Siamese Connection, Distrito 4, Madrid, Spain
2008   XXème Biennale Internationale de Céramique Contemporaine, Musée National Picasso La Guerre et la Paix, Vallauris, France, 28 June – 17 November
2008   Richard Deacon: Border Traffic, Fondation Maeght, St-Paul, France (solo)
2008   Richard Deacon: Seven Works, Mad. Sq. Art, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2008   Richard Deacon, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA (solo)
2008   Richard Deacon - North, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Kopenhagen, Denmark (solo)
2008   Figura Humana y Abstracción, Würth Museo La Rioja, Agoncillo, Spain
2008   And so it goes: Richard Deacon, Merlin James and Heather & Ivan Morison, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wale
2008   On the Rocks. Richard Deacon & Bill Woodrow, Bloomberg SPACE, London
2008   Heavy Metal. Die unerklärbare Leichtigkeit des Materials, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
2007   Courtyard and Skyroom, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, USA (solo)
2007   Richard Deacon, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2007   How Much Does Your Mind Weigh, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (solo)
2007   Personals, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, England (solo)
2007   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
2007   And so it goes. Fel ‘na mae, Artists from Wales at the 52nd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia
2007   Orinoco", Richard Deacon and David Ward, New Art Centre, Salisbury, England
2006   Lead Astray: Shared Sculptures by Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, England
2006   Letze Runde / Last Call, Richard Deacon, Jonathan Lasker, Juan Uslé, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
2006   The Size of It, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany (solo)
2006   New Drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London, England (solo)
2005   Range, Lisson Gallery, London, England (solo)
2005   The Size of It, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland (solo)
2005   Infinity x 2, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France (solo)
2005   Out of Order, Tate St Ives, Cornwall (solo)
2005   Henry Moore: Epoche und Echo, Sechs Jahrzehnte englischer Bildhauerei im 20. Jahrhundert, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
2004   Beyond the Clouds, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, California, USA (solo)
2004   Richard Deacon, Marian Goodman, New York, USA (solo)
2004   Slippery when wet, distritocu4tro - Galerie de Arte, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2004   InnenAußen. Sechs Positionen - drei Dimensionen. Die Robert-Jacobsen-Preisträger der Stiftung Wirth, Crailsheimer Kunstfreunde, Stadtmuseum im Spital Crailsheim, Museum Würth Künzelsau, Germany
2004   Lead Astray: New Shared Sculptures (Richard Deacon and Bill Woodrow), New Art Centre Sculpture Park, Salisbury, England; Palácio Nacional de Quelez, Quelez, Portugal
2004   Sculpture, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, California, USA
2003 - 2004   Other Criteria, Henry Moore Institute, Yorkshire, England (solo)
2003   UW84DC, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2003   Richard Deacon á l'atelier Brancusi, Passage de la mer rouge, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
2003   Richard Deacon, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria (solo)
2003   New Bases, Galerie de/di/bY, Paris, France (solo)
2003   AC: Richard Deacon Made in Cologne, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2003   Blast to Freeze: British Art in the 20th Century, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
2003   Independence, South London Gallery, London, England
2003   Distritocuatro, Galeria de Arte, Madrid, Spain
2002 - 2003   Blast to Freeze: British Art in the 20th Century, Kunstmuseum, Wolfburg, Germany
2002   Life is Beautiful, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK
2002   Lisson Gallery, London (solo)
2002   Richard Deacon: Continent, Galerie Arlogos, Paris (solo)
2002   Summer Programme: New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Salisbury, England
2002   Imagine you are standing here in front of me, The Caldic Collection in the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2001   This Side of Paradise, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2001   Field Day: Sculpture from Britain, Tapei Fine Art Museum, Japan
2001   Sculpture Conemporaine: Œuvres de la Collection Frac Rhône-Alpes de l’Institut d’art contemporain, Substances, Lyon
2001   Full moon, Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands
2001   From Beuys to Hirst: art works form the Deutsche Bank collection,
2001   Signatures of the Invisible, London Institute, London
2001   Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland (solo)
2001   Richard Deacon, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (solo)
2000   Contemporary art at the Millenium Dome, London (solo)
1999   No Stone Unturned, Kunstkeller, Liestal, Germany (solo)
1999   New World Order, Tate Gallery, Liverpool (solo)
2002    Blast to Freeze. British Art in the 20th century, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, ISBN 3-7757-1248-8
2002    Sculpture at Goddwood: a vision for twenty-first century British sculpture, edited by Sue Hubbard, ISBN 0-9537794-2-4
2002    Imagine you are standing here in front of me, The Caldic Collection in the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam. (cat.) Essays by Boris Groys and Sven Lütticken, interview with the collector by Brooke Alexander
2002    Between the two of us: Henk Visch
2001    fig-1, published in association with Tate: The Art Magazine, 2001
2001    Richard Deacon, Gutspark Bockel
2001    Field Day: Sculpture from Britain", Tapei Fine Art Museum, Japan
1999    Breaking the Mould, British Art of the 1980s and 1990, The Weltkunst Collection, London
1999    Vision. 50 years British creativity, Thames & Hudson. Texts by David Sylvester, David Hockney, Melvyn Bragg, Michael Crig-Martin, Nicholas Serota
1999    New World Order/Richard Deacon, Tate Gallery Liverpool, UK (Out of Print)