Throughout his practice, Deacon has employed diverse materials including wood, aluminium, plastic, steel, ceramic, glass, rubber, resin, polycarbonate, leather and cloth: exploiting their potential to create complex and challenging forms. It is a radical vocabulary that encompasses the organic, amorphous, geometric, rectilinear, intimate and monumental. Along with his continued interest in material exploration, Association illustrates Deacon's fascination with the relationship of the individual component to the structural whole and new works in ceramic, aluminium and steel evidence this investigation.
Richard Deacon (b.1949) lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions include Musee d'art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg (2010); Madison Square Park, New York (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, (2007); Tate St Ives (2005), and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2003). Group exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (2010); Tate Modern (2004) and Henry Moore Institute (2003). Deacon's work is included in public collections including Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Deacon has been awarded CBE by the Order of the British Empire and also a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Artes et Lettres by the Ministry of Culture, France. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1987 and represented Wales in the 52nd Venice Biennale of Art in 2007.