Many of the works represent people in the form of portrait busts, mythological scenes and nude figures. There’s a teddy boy and girl, a study for Eros and a well-toned naked man, stretching. There are gods, actors and scientists. And there are also a dozen animals to be found in the display including flying horses, a spitting cat and a militarised mouse.
The featured sculptors, like Deacon, are all Royal Academicians: the elected artists who run the RA. Every new Academician must present a work of art to the RA after their election – this is known as their diploma work. Fourteen of the sculptures on display are diploma works.
Richard Deacon RA Selects is the first of several new displays of works from the RA’s collection that will open over the next year, with free access year-round. Please click here to visit the RA's website.
Image: Richard Deacon RA Selects, 2017, The Dame Jillian Sackler Sculpture Gallery © David Parry Photography.