Timothy Washington is a contemporary, American sculptor known for his works made mostly from found objects. Washingtonʼs sculptures are handcrafted with glue-saturated cotton around wire and objects collected from his neighbourhood over many years, oftentimes from family and friends. Intimate effects, including pieces of jewellery, dishware, and toys are oftentimes used. In 1969 Washington received a BFA from the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts) in Los Angeles. He was active in the Black Arts Movement, which comprised artists such as Charles White, David Hammons, Betye Saar, Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, and Senga Nengudi, amongst others. Often and unjustly overlooked, Washington was a significant figure of the Black Arts Movement.
He has had numerous solo exhibitions including Citizen/Ship, California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2019) and Love thy neighbour, Craft and Folk Art Museum (now Craft Contemporary), Los Angeles (2014). His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the California African American Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Washington currently has a solo exhibition at Duane Thomas Gallery with and an upcoming monograph.
Listen to Washington speak about his work with curator Kilolo Luckett on 1-54 Forum.