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Title

Liam


Artist

Ed Templeton

United States of America

1974 -


About

Ed Templeton’s practice in painting, drawing and photography explores sections of the Southern Californian urban community and broader network of international skateboarding. In this context, Templeton’s work develops from a romantic and heroic image of California, first characterised in the 1970s by hippie and psychedelic lifestyles, progressing in the 1980s with fringe and alternative subcultures, and more recently emerging from skateboarder culture.

From this perspective, the viewer may perceive an inherent hedonism in Templeton’s chosen subject—friends, lovers, skaters—who are depicted in hotel rooms and house parties, unperturbed by the artist’s gaze. And yet, it is for this reason that Templeton’s part-documentary, part-personal portraits provides an avenue to explore broader issues concerning youth culture and the creation of social spaces as an alternative to the political and social mainstream.


Details


Date

1999


Media category

Painting


Materials used

mixed media on canvas


Dimensions

40.6 x 30.4 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., "Templeton 1999". Signed u.l. verso, "Ed Templeton [underlined twice]".


Credit

Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Morris Low 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

244.2013


Artist information

Ed Templeton

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Brian Gibb, Art Prostitute [issue #3], ‘The Prevailing Nothing’, pg.58, Dallas, Fall 2003, 58.

Helen Stoilas, The Art Newspaper, 'Ed Templeton: the prevailing nothing’, pg.9, London, Dec 2003, 9.