HUNKIN, Timothy

1950 - ?

Tim Hunkin

Timothy M. T. Hunkin, was born at Hammersmith, London in 1950, son of Oliver J. W. Hunkin (born 7 April 1916) and his wife Frances E. née Wilson, who married at Stratford-on-Avon in 1947. Tim studied engineering and graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and then became a cartoonist, writer and artist. Known for creating numerous public engineering works for institutions, chiefly for entertainment. Hunkin's works are distinctive, often recognisable by his unique style of papier-mâché sculpture, made from unpainted newsprint, his pen and ink cartoons, and his offbeat sense of humour. He had an 'Observer' cartoon strip 'Rudiments of Wisdom' 1973-1987. Hunkin's 'Under the Pier Show' at Southwold Pier, is a penny arcade featuring a number of humorous, coin-operated machines. His Channel Four television series 'The Secret Life of Machines' included a mountain of flaming televisions; flying vacuum cleaners fitted with rocket motors; a carhenge; a ballet of self-propelled portable radios and a bizarre 'pilgrimage' of an internal combustion engine carried, shoulder high, on a bier into the centre of Carhenge. The Pink Floyd inflatable pig was also featured in the vacuum cleaner episode. His 'How to Cheat at Art' was the subject at one of his British Council lectures in 1997. In 2013 he created a large, unfolding clock for the San Francisco Exploratorium. He has published several cartoonish books, his first was a children's book 'Mrs Gronkwonk and the Post Office Tower' (1973) others include 'Almost Everything There Is To Know' (1988) and 'The Rudiments of Wisdom'. He has lived Bulcamp, Southwold, Suffolk since 1976 and married in the Waveney district in 2004, Christina M. Amsden, when living at East Nook, Hall Road, Halesworth. His water-clock, originally designed for a Thames Water display on recycling is sculpted in galvanised steel and copper.

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