Timothy Washington is a contemporary American sculptor known for his works made mostly from found objects. Washington's sculptures are handcrafted with glue-saturated cotton around wire and sourced materials such as gifts from friends, thrifted items, and pieces collected on the street. These beings take on humanized or tree-like forms amalgamating memory, ready-made objects, and transformed materials. His early life in Watts, California combined with his interest in folk art and African sculpture serve as prominent sources of inspiration for his assemblages.
Washington's socio-politically charged work has earned him acclaim alongside notable Los Angeles black assemblage artists David Hammons, Betye Saar, John Outerbridge, and Noah Purofoy. Washington was born in 1946 in Los Angeles, California. In 1969 he received a BFA from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has been featured in many solo exhibitions including Citizen/Ship, at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2019) and Love Thy Neighbor at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (2014). His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the California African American Museum of Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, California.