Born 1949, Bangor, Wales.
Richard Deacon attended Somerset College of Art, before going to St Martin's College of Art in London from 1969-72, the Royal College of Art in London from 1974-77 and Chelsea College of Art from 1977-78. In 1978 he went to New York for two years where, deprived of a studio, he drew and made pots. From 1977 to 1992 Deacon was a visiting lecturer in sculpture at various art schools, principally Central School of Art and 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 (1995-96) 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.
Richard Deacon's first solo show was held in 1978 at The Gallery, Brixton, London. Subsequent exhibitions include the Riverside Studios (1984), Tate Gallery, London (1985), the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1998) and at Tate Gallery Liverpool (1999), Dundee Contemporary Art (2001), Ikon Gallery Birmingham (2007). He has exhibited regularly at the Lisson Gallery, London, since 1983, and at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, since 1986.
A Welsh Arts Council/Aberystwyth Arts Centre touring exhibition of his work was shown at the Mead Gallery in May 1987. In 1987 he won the Tate Gallery Turner Prize. The University of Warwick commission was the first proposal for a permanently sited outdoor work. Since then Deacon has completed work in Beijing, Tokyo, Vienna, Toronto, Auckland, Gateshead and Plymouth
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. Tate Britain mounted a large retrospective exhibition of Deacon's work in 2014.
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