Born: 15 August 1949
Elected RA: 21 May 1998
Richard Deacon studied at Somerset College of Art, Taunton from 1968 to 1969, St Martin’s School of Art, London from 1969 to 1972 and the Royal College of Art, London from 1974 to 1977. He studied part time at Chelsea School of Art, London in 1978.
From 1977 to 1992 Deacon was a visiting lecturer in sculpture at various art schools, principally Central School of Art & Design, London, Chelsea School of Art, London, Sheffield City Polytechnic, Bath Academy of Art and Winchester School of Art. He was visiting lecturer at Ateliers 63, Haarlem and Amsterdam (1989-93), Guest Professor, Hochschule fur Angewande Kunst, Vienna (1995-6) and Guest lecturer, MA Programme, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (1998). Deacon has been Visiting Professor at Chelsea School of Art and the London Institute since 1992, Advisor to Rijksakademie van Beelden Kunsten, Amsterdam, since 1996 and Professor at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris since 1999.
Deacon’s first solo show was held in 1978 at The Gallery, Brixton, London. This led to a string of solo exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, notably at the Riverside Studios (1984), Tate Gallery, London (1985), the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1998) and at Tate Gallery Liverpool (1999). He has exhibited regularly at the Lisson Gallery, London, since 1983, and at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, since 1986.
Richard Deacon won the Turner Prize in 1987 and the Robert Jakobsen Prize, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France, and in 1998 was elected a Royal Academician. Deacon was made CBE in 1999. He lives and works in London.
Recent solo exhibitions include a major retrospective at Tate Britain (2014), as well as exhibitions in New York, Copenhagen, and Singapore, among others.
Richard Deacon RA - Selected CV
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2014 Tate Britain, London
2012 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen
CAC Malaga, Malaga
Lisson Gallery, London
2011 LA Louver, Venice, California
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque
Sprengel Museum, Hanover
2010 Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain,Strasbourg, France
New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury
2008 Maeght Foundation, St Paul de Vence, France
Susanne Ottesen Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2007 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
2006 Drawing Gallery, London
2000 Just Us – Ocean Plaza, Fuxingmennei St, Beijing, China
1999 No Stone Unturned – Bemalter Stahl Platz, Liestal, Switzerland
1996 One Is Asleep, One Is Awake – Tokyo International Forum Building, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Zeitweise – Mexicoplatz, Vienna, Austria
1992 Between Fiction and Fact – Musee dArt Moderne, Villeneuve dAscq, France
Building From The Inside – Voltaplatz, Krefeld, Germany
This Is Not A Story – Rathausplatz, Waiblingen, Germany
1991 Nobody Here But Us – Office Tower Plaza, 135 Albert Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Lets Not Be Stupid – Former Air Hall Site, University of Warwick, Coventry, England
1990 Between The Eyes – Yonge Square International Plaza, No.1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada
Once Upon A Time... – Former Redheugh Bridge Abutment, Gateshead, England
Moor – Victoria Park, Plymouth, England