Richard Deacon (sculptor)

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Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon II (2017).jpg
Richard Deacon (2017)
Born (1949-08-15) 15 August 1949 (age 71)
Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom
EducationSt Martin's School of Art
Royal College of Art
Chelsea School of Art
Known forSculpture
MovementNew British Sculpture
AwardsTurner Prize (1987)
Websitewww.richarddeacon.net
Richard Deacon. Once Upon a Time on the Redheugh Bridge, Gateshead
Richard Deacon. Lets Not Be Stupid at the University of Warwick

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

Life and work[edit]

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.

Tate held a retrospective show of his work in 2014. In 2017, Deacon won the "Ernst Franz Vogelmann-Preis für Skulptur", Heilbronn.[2] Also in 2017, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Plymouth College of Art.[3]

See also[edit]

  • List of Turner Prize winners and nominators

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Turner Prize History: Richard Deacon", Tate. Retrieved 20 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Richard Deacon: Ernst Franz Vogelmann-Preis für Skulptur 2017". Retrieved 10 October 2017 (de).
  3. ^ "Plymouth College of Art awards Honorary Fellowships to Sir Nicholas Serota and Richard Deacon". newsandmediarepublic.org. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2020.

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