Tim Hawkinson, Tagalong, 2013, polyester resin, 48" x 22" x 12" (121.9 cm x 55.9 cm x 30.5 cm), overall installed © Tim Hawkinson

Tim Hawkinson


b. 1960, San Francisco

Tim Hawkinson's idiosyncratic creations are meditations on nature, machines, mortality, the body and human consciousness.

Since the 1980s, he has used common, found, and store-bought materials, as well as handcrafted objects and machines, to shift familiar subject matter into an unfamiliar place with off-kilter visual conundrums and conceits imbued with deeper meaning. His inventive works range in size from monumental kinetic and sound-producing sculptures to almost microscopic pieces created from such unassuming materials as fingernail clippings and eggshells. Driven by ideas, materials, and an interest in transformation, Hawkinson continues to create unlikely and thought-provoking associations by transforming common materials into works of art.


Tim Hawkinson, Stalk, 2018, urethane, 26" × 14" × 12" (66 cm × 35.6 cm × 30.5 cm), 12" × 12" × 48" (30.5 cm × 30.5 cm × 121.9 cm) pedestal © Tim Hawkinson


Tim Hawkinson, Balloon Self-Portrait #4, 1996, pigmented tin-cured silicon skin filled with urethane foam, aluminum armature, 50" x 55" x 36" (127 cm x 139.7 cm x 91.4 cm), armature © Tim Hawkinson