John Timberlake is a practising Fine Artist and writer. He studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic (BA Hons, Fine Art Alternative Practice 1987-1990); The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, where he was Van Lier Fellow 2001-2002, and Goldsmiths College (practice / theory Ph.D 2006-2013). Dr Timberlake is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His recent exhibitions include: ‘…both a beyond and the conditions of mapping that beyond’ a collaboration with Ron Haselden, at Husk space, Limehouse (2019); 10-4 at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich (2018); Galerie Sabine Wachters, Knokke, Belgium, (2017); Visions of War Above and Below (Imperial War Museum, London, 2015-16); Artists Impression: Mangled Metal (2015, at the Peltz Gallery Birkbeck; We Are History (Beaconsfield, London, 2014) and Turning Points (Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, 2014-15). Bussard Ramjet, an illustrated fiction, was published by Artis Den Bosch / Art Words in 2009, and Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary, an academic monograph, was published by Intellect Books in 2018. An edited extract from Landscape and the Science Fiction is collected in Whitechapel/MIT anthology Documents of Contemporary Art: Science Fiction (ed. Dan Byrne-Smith, 2020)
Research and Research supervision interests include Landscape, History, Science Fiction, and historical materialist approaches to Visual Culture.
John Timberlake is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in the Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries. His teaches on the BA Fine Art Programme, and supervises MPhil / PhD Research students. He is experienced as a research supervisor and examiner and is particularly interested in supervising practice / theory based MPhil/PhD candidates working on themes of landscape, history painting, visual cultures of science fiction and Critical Theory.
In addition to Fine Art studio practice John Timberlake has particular interest in themes of Landscape, History and the Science Fiction Imaginary within the context of Fine Art practice.
John Timberlake's solo authored monograph Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary was published by Intellect books in 2018.
Timberlake, John (2019) Breath and darkness: realism and representation in astronomical illustration and cinematographic special effects. In: Expanding World Views: Cosmic Perspectives, 19-20 Sep 2019, Birkbeck Centre for the Humanities, UCL.
Timberlake, John and Haselden, Ron (2019) '[...] both a beyond and the conditions of mapping that beyond'. [Show/Exhibition]
Timberlake, John (2018) Lands of Lost Content: British Landscapes in Tate Archive. Tate, Tate Archive.
Timberlake, John (2018) Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary. Intellect / University of Chicago Press, Bristol / Chicago. ISBN 9781783208609
Timberlake, John (2017) Nuclear war as false memory. In: Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity. Wainwright, Leon , ed. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 178-183. ISBN 978-1-52611545-4 (Accepted/In press)
John Timberlake is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy