Known for sculptures that often functioned as machines with wire structures, moving parts, and entire phrases, as well as holograms and graphics, Dickon Eams (Richard Comyn Eames) was born in New York City to Richard Comyn Eames and Betty Waldo Parish. He attended the Friends Seminary in NY and the Tabor Academy, Marion Massachusetts. From 1963 to 1965 he worked at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research, NY. Among his circle of young artists were Del Geist, from North Dakota, and Mark Brusse, of Amsterdam, both of whom would remain lifelong friends. Eames' work was first shown at the DeMena Gallery, NY, in 1996.
Eames went to Europe in 1967. In 1972, while living on Greek island of Corfu, he met the British equestrian and horse breeder, Carolyn Hartley; they married in London in 1973. Their son Matthew was born in 1977. In the early 1970s, they lived in the Les Halles neighborhood of Paris where they were regulars at Mother Earth's, a restaurant frequented by young American artists. In 1974/75 they built a traditional Normandy-style home in Freneuse. There Eames maintained a large studio where works could be assembled and constructed; found materials came from surrounding areas.
In 1972 Eames he had one-man shows at the Glyfada Gallery, Corfu, the Ora Gallery, Athens, and Galerie Georges Moos, Geneva. His work continued to be shown throughout his lifetime in France, Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Japan. It was included in the prestigious exhibition, To Fly - A Dream, at the Municipal Museum, Recklinghausen, West Germany, 1977.
The monograph Dickon Eames: An American Sculptor in France, by Matthew Eames, was published in 2007. The exhibition, Betty Waldo Parish & Dickon Eames at the Susan Teller Gallery, NY, was on view on September 17 through October 17, 2009.