Tim Hawkinson, ‘Tusk’, 1988, Heather James Fine Art
Tim Hawkinson, ‘Tusk’, 1988, Heather James Fine Art

Tim Hawkinson was born in San Francisco in 1960. He went on to attend San Jose State University and later earned his MFA from UCLA in 1989. A renowned contemporary artist based out of Los Angeles, Hawkinson’s work has been featured in exhibitions in the United States and abroad including the Venice Bienniale, Whitney Biennial, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the J. Paul
Getty Museum.

Over the course of his nearly two-decade career, Hawkinson has garnered a reputation
as one of America’s most imaginative contemporary artists. His body of work ranges
from paintings and photographs to miniature sculptures made from his own fingernail
clippings, but he is best known for his large-scale kinetic and sound-producing sculptures.
Using ubiquitous, even store-bought materials, Hawkinson crafts intricate works that are
simultaneously familiar and surprising. His work often finds inspiration in his own body,
completely re-imagining conventional self-portraiture. Hawkinson’s art ultimately explores the delicate relationships of life, death, and the passage of time.

Signature: Signed verso, "88, Tim Hawkinson".

ACE Gallery, Los Angeles;
Private collection acquired from the above on January 11, 1997.

About Tim Hawkinson

Multimedia artist Tim Hawkinson has used a wide variety of common materials, such as plastic bags, used socks, and discarded organic material from his own body, to make his kinetic sculptures, installations, and complex photo collages. He frequently incorporates multiple techniques and media, including sound, in a single sculpture or installation, combining the bodily and the industrial to create a physical world in which flesh and plastic are indistinguishable. The kinetic installation Emoter (2002), for example, is a photographic collage of Hawkinson’s own face, connected by wires to a machine that manipulates his features into expressions of emotion.

American, b. 1960, San Francisco, California, based in Los Angeles, California