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Ed Templeton

(United States of America 1974 – )

Media category
Materials used
mixed media on canvas

40.6 x 30.4 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., "Templeton 1999". Signed u.l. verso, "Ed Templeton [underlined twice]".
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Morris Low 2013
Accession number
© Ed Templeton
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.

Exhibition history (1)

The Prevailing Nothing, Roberts & Tilton, California, 2003–2003