Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon

Born in Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales in 1949, Richard Deacon lives and works in London, dividing his time between Paris, London and Cologne. Known for an imaginative and sometimes unexpected use of materials (leather, concrete, laminated wood, steel, marble and ceramics), Deacon has been surprising us with sculptures of supreme beauty and controlled structure for many years. It is often the tension between these two aspects, the unusual, perhaps organic, shape with a surface skin that is both of the work and alien to it, that makes Deacon’s art so striking. His uncanny way of seeing an object in space is particular and this position often asks more questions than it answers. In 2007 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale.



Elected RA



Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France



Roert Jakobsen Prize, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany



Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London



Sir Allen Lane Penguin Book Prize, RCA

Solo exhibitions


Richard Deacon: House & Garden, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA


Fondation Studies, Cabinet des dessins Jean Bonna, Paris, France

Richard Deacon: New Sculpture, Beijing Commune, Beijing, China

Richard Deacon. Weather, MOMA Machynlleth, Powys, UK
Richard Deacon, Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
Richard Deacon. Some Time, Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
Richard Deacon: What You See Is What You Get, San Diego Museum of Art, California, USA
Richard Deacon: Thirty pieces, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



On the Other Side, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany.

Out of Line: Drawings 1968 - 2016, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany.

Under the Weather, SkulpturenHalle, Thomas Schütte Stiftung, Neuss, Germany.

Flat Earth, Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy.



On The Other Side, Kunstmuseum Wintherthur, Switzerland.

On The Other Side, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan.

This is Where Ideas Come From, Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK.



Richard Deacon, Tate Britain, London, UK.

Form and Colour ?, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria.

Alphabet, Sculptures & Dessins, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.

I Remember, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany.



Richard Deacon: Beware of the Dog, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, California, USA.

Let's Call It Something Else, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany.



Beware of the Dog, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore.

Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, New York.

Richard Deacon, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Málaga), Málaga, Spain.

Association, Lisson Gallery, London, UK.



Dead Leg, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, USA

North Tree and Rock, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

The Missing Part, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover



Twist and Shout, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

How Much Does Your Mind Weigh?, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Halle, Austria

The Inside, New Art Centre and Sculpture Park, Salisbury, UK.

The Missing Part, Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France. Tour to Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany 2011. (cat).



Siamese Connection, Galerie Distrito 4, Madrid, Spain

Kalemegdan Bridge Collaboration, (with Mrdjan Bajic) Skupstina Grada, Belgrade and Galerija ULUS, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia (cat)

Richard Deacon : Add & Subtract, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin



Richard Deacon, TR3, Ljubljana, Slovenia (cat).

North, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Border Traffic, Nouvelles Saisons de l’Art Vivant, Fondation Maeght, St. Paul, France (cat).

Assembly, Madison Square Park, New York, USA. (cat)

On The Rocks, – Shared Sculpture by Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon, Bloomberg Space, London, England (cat)

It’s A Small World, Richard Deacon – Sculpture, Stedelijk Museum‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

New Bases 2.0, Galerie ColletPark, Paris, France

Dead Leg - Richard Deacon – in association with Matthew Perry, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, California, USA, toured to Portland Museum of Art, Oregon (2008), The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago (2009).



Richard Deacon : Personals, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

How Much Does Your Mind weigh, Thomas Schulte Gallery, Berlin

LA Louver Gallery, Venice, USA

Richard Deacon, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg



Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires

Richard Deacon New Drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London

Richard Deacon: Beyond the Clouds, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, USA



“Richard Deacon: Out of Order”, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall. (exh cat)

‘The Size of It’, Museo Artium, Vitoria, Spain touring to Sara Hilden Art Museum,

Finland and ARP Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany

‘Richard Deacon, Infinity x 2’, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris.

“Richard Deacon, Range”, Lisson Gallery London.

‘Masters of the Universe: Screen Version’, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park,

New York. Presented by Public Art Fund.

“Infinityx2’ Galerie Templon, Paris



‘Richard Deacon: Beyond the clouds”, Art 35 Basel

‘Lead Astray: New Shared Sculptures by Bill Woodrow & Richard Deacon’ New

Art Centre Sculpture Park & Gallery, Roche Court, Salisbury, Palacio Nacional de

Quelez, Lisbon, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (exh cat), Wakefield, (2006); City

Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth, (2006); Musee du Chateau, Dieppe (2007)

‘Richard Deacon’ Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

‘Richard Deacon, Slippery When Wet’, Distrito4 gallery, Barbara de Braganza, 2,

Madrid, Spain.



“AC: Richard Deacon Made in Cologne”, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

“Richard Deacon, Passage de la mer rouge” Centre Pompidou, Paris

‘UW84DC’ Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

‘Richard Deacon’ Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria

‘New Bases’, Galerie de / di / bY. Paris

‘From Tomorrow’, Galerie Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen



 Lisson Gallery, London

‘Richard Deacon’, Glynn Vivien Art Gallery, Swansea

“Richard Deacon: Continent”, Galerie Arlogos, Paris



‘’Richard Deacon: Sculpture’ Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland

‘Image & Idol-Medieval Sculpture’ Exhibition co-curated with Philip Lindley:

Installation and bases designed by Richard Deacon. Tate Britain, London

“Richard Deacon”, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York

‘Between the Two of Us’ collaborative exhibiton with Henk Visch, Stedelijk

 Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands. (exh cat.)



Contemporary art at the Millenium Dome, London

‘Umhh’, Fig 1, London

‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’, LA Louver, Los Angeles



“New World Order”, Tate Gallery, Liverpool

“No Stone Unturned”, Kunstkeller, Liestal, Germany

Lisson Gallery, London

Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen (with Ian McKeever)



Galerie Arlogos, Paris (with Tony Grand)

SCAI the bathouse, Tokyo



Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

‘Serpentine: Inside Out’, Serpentine Gallery, London

“Richard Deacon, Show and Tell”, Musee Departemental de Rochechouart,

Haute-Vienne, France



“Richard Deacon, Esculturas 1984-95”, MACCSI, Caracas, Venezuela (Touring to

Wilfredo Lam Arts Centre, Havana, Cuba; Museo de Arte Moderna, Bogota,

Colombia; Museo Nacional des Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile; Tamayo

Museum, Mexico), organized by the British Council (exh cat)



L.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles

“ATLAS: This is not a story”, Customs House Trust Exhibition, South Shields,

Tyne & Wear

"Drawing, Prints and Sculpture", La Filature, Nouvel Espace Culturel, Mullhouse

“Them and Us”, Lisson Gallery, London (with Thomas Schütte)



"Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon", Sabine Watchers Fine Arts, Brussels



"What could make me feel this way", The British School at Rome, Italy



"Kiss and Tell", South Bank National Touring Exhibition



"Foursome", Lisson Gallery, London

"Three Recent Works", The Economist Building Plaza, London

"Art for Other People", Musée d'art moderne, Villeneuve d'Ascq, (exh cat)

"The Interior is Always More Difficult", Ecole

Regionale d'Art de Dunkerque, Dunkerque

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

"Richard Deacon works on paper and sculpture", Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn,


"This is not a story", Museum der Stadt Waiblingen, Waiblingen, Germany

Galerie Arlogos, Nantes

"Only the Lonely and other Shared Sculptures", (Bill Woodrow and Richard

Deacon), Chisenhale Gallery, London (tour to Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth) (exh


Skulpturen 1987-1993", Kunstverein Hannover

"Two new sculptures for the Orangerie", Orangerie, Herrenhauser Garten,


"Richard Deacon and European Silver Tea and Coffeepots", Feuerle, Köln



"Drawings 1974-91", Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry.

"Skulpturen und Zeichnungen", Museum Haus Lange und Museum Haus Esters,

Krefeld (exh cat)

Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf



"Richard Deacon. Nye Arbeider/New Works", Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (artist


"Sculpture", Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Galleria Locus Solus, Genova

Moderna Galerija, Mala Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia (exh cat)



"Richard Deacon. 10 sculptures 1987/89", Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de

Paris, Paris (exh cat)

"New Sculpture", Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth (exh cat)

Kunstmuseum, St.Gallen, Switzerland



Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (exh cat)



"Richard Deacon. Prints and Drawings", Lisson Gallery, London

"3 Sculptures", Ecole des Beaux Arts de Mâcon

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (exh cat)

The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (exh cat) (travelled to

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Art Gallery of Ontario,


"Sculpture in the Garden", Tate Gallery, London

"Richard Deacon. Distance no Object", The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles



"Richard Deacon. Recent Sculpture 1985-1987", Bonnefanten Museum,

Maastricht (exh cat) (travelling to Kunstmuseum, Luzern; Fundacion Caja de

Pensiones, Madrid and Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen)



"For Those Who Have Eyes. Richard Deacon Sculptures 1980-86", Aberystwyth

Arts Centre, Wales (exh cat) (travelled to Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea; Turner

House, National Museum of Wales; Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno; Warwick

Art Centre; City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent)

Lisson Gallery, London



Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

"Sculpture for exterior & interior", Interim Art, London

Galerie Arlogos, Nantes, France (exh cat)



"Contemporary Sculpture", Donald Young Gallery,Chicago

"Five Recent Sculptures", Gallery of New Art, The Tate Gallery, London (exh


Le Centre International du Verre, Aix-en-Provence, France

"Sculptors' Drawings", Margarete Roeder Fine Arts, New York

"Blind, Deaf and Dumb. An Installation in Collaboration with Richard Rogers and

John Tchalenko", Serpentine Gallery, London



Riverside Studios, London

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (exh cat)

"Richard Deacon. Sculpture 1980-1984", Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (exh cat)

(travelled to Le Nouveau Musée, Lyon/Villeurbanne)



Lisson Gallery, London

The Orchard Gallery, Londonderry, Northern Ireland (exh cat)



Sheffield City Polytechnic Gallery, Sheffield



"Spring Programme", The Gallery, Brixton, London



"Studio Exhibition", The Gallery, Brixton, London



Royal College of Art Galleries, London



Royal College of Art Galleries, London

Group exhibitions


Objects of Wonder: British Sculpture from the Tate Collection 1950s-Present, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin, Germany


Sui Jianguo and Richard Deacon, L.A. Louver, Venice, California

Sculpture Milwaukee, Milwaukee Downtown, Wisconsin



Richard Deacon, LaM Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France


3 Hommes dans un bateau, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. 

Utopias/Heterotopia, Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuzhen,   China.

Material Language: New Work in Clay, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, UK.

Don’t Start, Ocean Studios, Plymouth, UK.

Found, Foundling Hospital, London, UK.



Making it: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, UK.

Qwaypurlake, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UK.

Sculpture in Focus from The Würth Collection, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany.

Show & Tell: Prints from the Krefeld Collection, Museen Haus Lange and Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany.

From Hockney to Holbein, The Würth Collection in Berlin, Museum Würth and Berliner Festspiele/Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.

Making It: Sculpture in Britain: 1977-1986, Mead Art Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Warwick, UK.

Making It: Sculpture in Britain: 1977-1986, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, UK.



Abstract Drawing, The Drawing Room, London, UK.

The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Body & Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art, Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Much Hadhal, UK.



Blickachsen 9: 2013 edition of biennial Blickachsen exhibition of international sculpture, Stiftung Blickachsen, Presented in 9 cities in France and Germany.

From Gesture to Language: Trans-Forming Practices of Art Expression, Rockbund Art Museum, Huangpu, Shanghai, China.

THOUGHT, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany.

The Sculptors: Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 1945 to the present day, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 - 1979, Southhampton City Gallery, Southhampton, UK.

La Qualité de l’Ombre: 3 x 3 Künstler Europas, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany.

Here We Go: A Changing Group Show, Karsten Schubert, London, UK



Dreidimensional!, Zeitgenössische Bildhauerei im Kurpark, Kurpark Bad Mergentheim, Germany.

Unspecified Urban Site, RH Gallery, New York, USA.

Große Kunstaustellung NRW Düsseldorf, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany.

News from Nowhere, Firstsite, Colchester, UK.

Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, Singapore.

In Situ: Patrimoine et Art Contemporain, Abbaye de Gellone, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, France.



Drawing 2011 – Biennial Fundraiser - The Drawing Room, London (England)

Architecture Dessins Utopies - National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest

The Third Dimension, Galerie Münsterland, Emsdetten, Germany

Mit Feuer und Flamme - Keramik in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden - Rot, Germany

Photography. Richard Deacon, Frederick Hammersley, Sean Scully, Juan Uslé, LA Louver, Venice, CA, USA

75/65 The Collector, the Company and its Collection, Museo Würth La Rioja, Agoncillo, La Rioja, Spain

Backbone: A Selection of Modern British Sculpture, New Art Centre, Salisbury, England



Brave New World, MUDAM, Luxembourg.

3 X 3, LA LOUVER Gallery, Venice, California.

Brave New World, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, K21 Standehaus, Dusseldorf, Germany.

From Floor To Sky Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London. (book).

The Gathering, Arts Council of England Longside Gallery, YSP, Wakefield, England.

The Future Demands Your Participation Contemporary Art From The British Council Collection, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China. (cat).

En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait!’, Musée Bourdelle, Paris. (cat).

Sea Fever : From Turner to Today, Southampton City Art Gallery. (cat)

Global Contemporary Artists for Artists Sotheby’s Auction to benefit Rijksakademie Artists Endowment Fund, Sothebys Amsterdam. (cat).

Untitled- MUHKA Collection at the Mawazine Festival Galerie Bab Rouah and Musee des Oudayas, Rabat, Morocco.

Super Farmers’ Market, Handel Street Projects, Sicilian Avenue, London.

Sensoralites Excentriques, Musee Departemental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart, France.

DLA Piper Series : This Is Sculpture : The Sculpture of Language co-curated by Carol Ann Duffy, Tate Liverpool.

klasse deacon raum fur vollendete tatsachen, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Calder to Warhol – Introducing the Fisher Collection, SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA (cat).

Sphères 2010, Galeria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France



Heavy Metal – On the Inexplicable Lightness of a Material Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany. (cat).

Im Blick des Sammlers – Neurwerbungen der Sammlung Wurth von Kirchner und Schlemmer bis Kiefer, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany. (cat)

‘Tracking Traces – Oikeilla Jaljilla’ Kiasma  Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland. (cat).

‘Lisson Presents 3’, Lisson Gallery, London.

‘This Is Sculpture’ DLA Piper Series, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

‘Boule To Braid’, curated by Richard Wentworth, Lisson Gallery, London.

‘upside down / inside out’ Kettle’s Yard. Cambridge, England. (cat).

‘Art Now: Beating the Bounds’ Tate Britain, London.



‘Beyond Measure’ Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK (cat).

‘History In The Making: A Retrospective Of The Turner Prize’, Mori Art Museum,Tokyo, Japan (cat).

‘Hugh Stoneman, Master Printer’, Tate St. Ives, UK (cat).

‘Biennale Internationale de Ceramique Contemporaine de Vallauris’, invited artist, Musee National de Picasso “Le guerre et la paix”, Vallauris, France. (cat).

‘Clair-obscur/Chiaroscuro’ Le Château de la Bâtie d’Urfé, France.

‘Invention[s]’ Oeuvres de la collection du Frac Bretagne, Centre International d’Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France.

FIAC 2008, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.

‘Academia’ Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts, Paris.

‘Sculptors Drawings: Moore to Gormley’, Department of Prints & Drawings, British Museum, London.

‘Farmers Market’, Handel Street Projects at First Floor, 72 Wigmore Street, London, England.

Public and private collections

Tate Gallery, London

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Puteaux

Contemporary Art Society, London

The British Council

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fonds régional d'art contemporain, Rhone-Alps

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Louisiana Museum, Denmark

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Kunstmuseum, Luzern

Tochigi Prefectural Museum, Japan

Bonnefantemuseum, Maastricht

Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Madrid

Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp

Arts Council of Great Britain

Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld

Fonds régional d'art contemporain, Picardie

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Tokyo Forum

Hiroshima Museum of Art

Hirshorn Museum, Washington

Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Barcelona

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Weltkunst Foundation, Zurich

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris

MUHKA, Antwerp

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Sprengel Museum, Hanover

Setegaya Art Museum, Tokyo

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis

Le Nouveau Musée, Lyon

Fondazione Prada, Milan

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Kunstmuseum, Basel

Middelheim Sculpture Park, Antwerp

Kunsternes Hus, Oslo

Berado Museum, Lisbon

Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq

University of Warwick

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

Cosco Corporation, Beijing, China

Akron Museum and Art Gallery

Manchester City Museum and Art Gallery

Southampton City Museum and Art Gallery

Sintra Museum, Portugal

Astrup-Fearnley Museum, Oslo

KIASAM, Finland

K21, Dusseldorf

FRAC Rhone-Alpes

FRAC Picardie

FNAC, Frances

Samsung Museum, Seoul

Auckland City Museum and Art Gallery

Museum of Modern Kunstm Copenhagen

K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf