Richard Deacon (sculptor)

Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon (2017)
Born (1949-08-15) 15 August 1949 (age 74)
Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom
EducationPlymouth College
St Martin's School of Art
Royal College of Art
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

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

Early life and education

Deacon was born in Bangor, Wales and educated at Plymouth College.[citation needed] 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.

Other activities

Deacon was part of the jury that awarded the Academy of Arts' Käthe Kollwitz Prize to Maria Eichhorn in 2021.


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

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.

In 2017, Deacon won the "Ernst Franz Vogelmann-Preis für Skulptur", Heilbronn. Also in 2017, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Plymouth (formerly Plymouth College of Art).

See also

  • List of Turner Prize winners and nominators

Notes and references

External links

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