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Title

Liam

1999

Artist

Ed Templeton

United States of America

1974 -

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © Ed Templeton
    Artist information
    Ed Templeton

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications