William TIMYM MBE. 1901-1990
Bronze. Signed and dated 1980
Numbered 1 of 9.
Cast by the Morris Singer foundry.
PROVENANCE: The family of William Timym
William Timym was born in Vienna, and grew up in the rich environment and disciplined atmosphere of the Vienna Academy where he studied. He had several exhibitions in Vienna and Cologne before left Austria in 1938. He then moved to England and remained there.
Timym's work is mainly concerned with animals but he has also executed portrait commissions for the Ministry of Information and other Government departments.
He sculpted a number of significant British personalities including Sir Bertrand Russell, Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Sir Francis Chichester. Most of these are now on permanent exhibition in public spaces such as on the sweeping staircase at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, and on Gipsy Moth, Chichester's famous yacht. On receiving his MBE for services to the Arts, he was asked by the Queen Mother to execute a life size bronze bust of her, but declined saying that he felt bronze too coarse a medium to be capable of faithfully representing the grace of her Majesty. A brilliant portrait of Field Marshall Montgomery commissioned by the Ministry of Information in WW2 is held in the national collection. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Timym#mediaviewer/File:INF3-76_pt5_General_Sir_Bernard_Montgomery_Artist_Tim.jpg
He has reached distinction in almost every field of art. For almost 18 years he had a cartoon series running on BBC television - including "Bongo the Boxer" and "Bleep and Booster". These characters are to be revived shortly, bring his name once again into the public arena.
He exhibited at the Moorland Gallery for many years and he has shown both bronzes and drawings. His work was shown at the Royal Academy in the Summer Exhibition of 1974, and in 1975 he exhibited at the Game Coin, Texas. In the same year he had work on show at the World Wildlife Convention in Las Vegas.
He has a long standing association with London Zoo, and in 1977 he executed a magnificent life size bronze of a Lion's head, now mounted on the Lion house wall at London Zoo, and a life size bronze of Guy the Gorilla who died in 1978, now set into the long grass circle outside the restaurant also at the zoo . He sculpted the giant panda Chi-Chi, Phil the Gorilla and a life-size elephant, both for Florida Zoo. His "Fighting Leopards" can be seen in the restaurant at London Zoo.
He gained his skills during a period when the figurative realism of the nineteenth century had spilled into the early twentieth century and was strong in European art. Yet he had absorbed and incorporated into his work the power of impressionism and the new art. Along with his gift, this special mix of styles gives him an edge in creating representations that are both true to life, and reveal the character of the sitter "below the skin".
As with all of his sculpture, if the viewer allows his eye to be receptive, the nature and power of the animal is faithfully revealed through his rendition of expession and posture.
A recent series of acquisitions has been made by Maverick Entertainment from the artist's estate, of the rights to his cartoons popularised in the 1960s by Blue Peter: "Bengo The Boxer Pup" , "Muffin The Mule" and "Bleep and Booster". William Timym's name is likely to be revived in the public consciousness with his once popular cartoons being brought back to life on television again.
For Timym, the challenge was to represent the animal and the particular dynamic in its movement and reveal its character. He has done this very successfully with a display of almost comical activities that the Warthog gets up to, down to scratching its backside on a rock.
Christopher Payne, "Animals in Bronze", illustrations on pp 65, 144, 249