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Richard Deacon CBE (born 15 August 1949) is a British abstract sculptor, and a winner of the Turner Prize.[1]

Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon II (2017).jpg
Richard Deacon (2017)
Born (1949-08-15) 15 August 1949 (age 70)
Bangor, Wales
EducationSt Martin's School of Art, Royal College of Art and Chelsea School of Art
Known forSculpture
MovementNew British Sculpture
AwardsTurner Prize (1987)
Richard Deacon. Once Upon a Time on the Redheugh Bridge, Gateshead
Richard Deacon. Lets Not Be Stupid at the University of Warwick

Life and workEdit

Deacon was born in Bangor, Wales was educated at Plymouth College. He then studied at the Somerset College of Art, Taunton, at St Martin's School of Art, London, and at the Royal College of Art, also in London. He left the Royal College in 1977, and went on to study part-time at the Chelsea School of Art. Deacon's first one-person show came in 1978 in Brixton.

Deacon's work is abstract, but often alludes to anatomical functions. His works are often constructed from everyday materials such as laminated plywood, and he calls himself a "fabricator" rather than a "sculptor". His early pieces are typically made up of sleek curved forms, with later works sometimes more bulky.

Richard Deacon. Lets Not Be Stupid (detail) at the University of Warwick

Deacon's body of work includes small-scale works suitable for showing in art galleries, as well as much larger pieces shown in sculpture gardens and objects made for specific events, such as dance performances.

Deacon won the Turner Prize in 1987 (nominated for his touring show For Those Who Have Eyes) having previously been nominated in 1984.[1]

Deacon was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1999 New Year Honours List. In 2007, he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale. He was one of the five artists shortlisted for the Angel of the South project in January 2008.

He is represented by Lisson Gallery, London and Milan; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City; Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Paris; LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles and Beijing Commune, Beijing.

Tate held a retrospective show of his work in 2014. In 2017 Deacon won the "Ernst Franz Vogelmann-Preis für Skulptur", Heilbronn.[2]

See alsoEdit

  • List of Turner Prize winners and nominators

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