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Richard Deutsch

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Biography

A California-based sculptor, Richard Deutsch is the recipient of numerous awards including a Visiting Artist’s fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, and a Visual Artist’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Among his commissions for sculpture and art-integrated environments are significant projects for Stanford University, the Oakland Museum of California, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Oakland City Center, two urban plazas in Washington, D.C., and, along with fellow sculptor Larry Kirkland, a memorial for Temple Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, California.  Deutsch’s sculpture is in the permanent collection of the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, and the Smithsonian Institution.

While shaping a career that spans twenty-five years, Deutsch has fostered the imaginative inquiry required to move from small-scale investigations in clay, to more complex constructions and environments of stone, bronze, and wood.  His sculptures embody both a sense of solidity and permanence due to choice of scale and media.  Constructivist in his approach, Deutsch is fascinated by the way things are put together.  He enjoys “taking an object out of context, working with its shape and giving it a new visual expression.”  Deutsch has introduced elements that mark “time” into his vocabulary.  He creates surfaces that both utilize the manipulation of erosion and the tactile qualities of a burnished river rock, making his sculptural fragments appear born rather than created.