Publication: The Tribune LIFE+STYLE
By Nonika Singh
Eloquence of form
British sculptor Richard Deacon may not wax eloquent about his works. However, his voluptuous sculptures, even though abstract, speak in the language of beauty, symmetry, rhythm and energy
He may not be the most eloquent artist in the world. But redoubtable Richard Deacon internationally acclaimed sculptor is certainly one of the most distinguished signatures in the world of art from a generation that includes Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Alison Wilding and Bill Woodrow.
In Chandigarh for the four day International Art Conclave organised by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, the artist took art lovers en route a significant retrospective of his mounted by Tate Britain through a slide lecture show at the Government Museum auditorium.
And his mastery over both the mediums and form could be seen writ all over his sculptures. Wood, ceramic, reflective steel… mediums may vary but clearly in the hands of Deacon all of these acquire a life of their own. Malleable like the molten lava, rhythm, energy and materiality remain central to his works. Interestingly, while initial sculptures of his might have been untitled more recently titling, as he comes up with intriguing ones like Let’s Not Be Stupid, has become a secondary way of looking and working for Deacon.