The American artist Ed Templeton expresses his creativity in a variety of media. In addition to photography, the artist creates drawings and paintings, in which he deals with the modern American culture in a critical and satirical way.

In 1994, Ed Templeton consciously grabbed the camera for the first time to document the skateboarder subculture, in which he was active as a professional skateboarder for years. Since then, he is primarily known for his black and white photographies. They give an immediate view of the everyday life in the streets of the suburbs, primary in Huntington Beach, California. The focus is straightened on the people of the city and their suburbs, which he captures in a snapshot manner. In this way photo series accrue, showing make-up women or young people smoking but also intimate portraits of his wife. Templeton also picks up the chosen genre for photography in his naïve-looking paintings and drawings.

Ed Templeton was born in 1972 and currently lives and works currently in Los Angeles, California.



Der amerikanische Künstler Ed Templeton bringt seine künstlerische Kreativität in vielfältigen Medien zum Ausdruck. Neben Fotographien schafft der Künstler unter anderem Zeichnungen und Gemälde, in denen er sich auf kritischer und satirischer Ebene mit der modernen amerikanischen Kultur auseinandersetzt.

Im Jahr 1994 griff Ed Templeton das erste Mal bewusst zur Kamera, um die Skateboarder Kultur, in der er seit Jahren als professioneller Skateboarder aktiv war, zu dokumentieren. Seither ist der Künstler insbesondere für seine schwarz-weiß Fotographien bekannt. Sie eröffnen dem Betrachter einen unmittelbaren Blick auf das alltägliche Treiben in den Straßen der Vorstädte, primär in Huntington Beach, Californien. Im Fokus stehen die Menschen der Stadt und ihrer Vororte, die er in schnappschussartiger Manier festhält. So entstehen zum Beispiel Fotoserien, die sich schminkende Frauen zeigen oder Jugendliche beim Rauchen, aber auch intime Portraits seiner Frau. Die gewählten Genres für die Fotographie greift Templeton auch in seinen naiv anmutenden, malerischen Arbeiten auf.

Ed Templeton wurde 1972 geboren und lebt und arbeitet zurzeit in Los Angeles, Californien.



Hairdos of Defiance Roberts Projects, Culver City, US
Amalgamated Fragments, Danziger Gallery, New York, US
Common Side Effects Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, US
Synthetic Suburbia Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
Plastic Plant Places Photography Unplugged, Leica Camera at Photomonth, East London Photography Festival, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
A Gentle Collision Jerome Zodo Contemporary, Milan, IT
Symptoms Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Memory Foam Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
Litmus Test-Photos from Russian, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
Teenage Kissers, Half Gallery, New York, US
The Seconds Pass, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, US
My Soul Is Worried but Not Me, Nils Staerk Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
The Cemetery of Reason, Mucsarnok Ernst Muzeum, Budapest, HU
The Cemetery of Reason, Museo d’Arte di Nuoro, Sardinia, IT
The Cemetery of Reason, S.M.A.K., Gent, BE
The Seconds Pass, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
@California / West Coast USA: Ed Templeton Cultuurcentrum Kortrijk,Kortrijk, BE
Al Man le opere di Ed Templeton, il Basquiat del Duemila / MAN The Works of Ed Templeton, The Basquiat of 2000 La Nuova Sardegna, IT
Strange New Feelings,Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Map of the Inner War” Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
One Step Closer” Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK
Empty Plastic Echoes Reverberating Through Time, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Camp, Ride, Skate, Repeat, Emerica Showroom, San Diego, CA and New York, US
Deformer, Colette, Paris, FR
Suffer the Joy, Arco Art Fair, Madrid,ES
The Fogged Mirror, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
Mined Empty, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK
The Judas Goat, Modern Art, London,UK
Angel of Decay, Acquario Romano, Rome, IT
The Prevailing Nothing, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
Ed Templeton, 55DSL, Milan, IT
The Essential Disturbance, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Deeply Scathed, Aki-Ex Gallery, Tokyo, JP
The Sado-Voyeurist, 1Pixel Gallery, Philadelphia, US
Situation-Comedy, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL
Wires Crossed, New Image Art / Bookarts, Santa Monica, US
The Golden Age of Neglect, Alleged Gallery, New York, US
Retarded, Space 1026, Philadelphia, US
Waiting for the Earth to Explode, Alleged Gallery, New York, US


One Way Or Another, Roberts Projects, Culver City, US
Being There with Deanna Templeton, MiCamera, Milan, IT
Zineophobia, 71A Gallery, London, UK
Summer Mixer, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, US
Cause The Grass Don’t Grow And The Sky Ain’t Blue, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, FR
Rolling Through The Shadows, Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California, Slow Culture, Los Angeles, US
Love//War, MAMA Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Deeds, Not Words 2, Mild Manners Project Gallery, Sydney, AU
Agents Provocateurs: A Selection of Subversive Skateboard Graphics & Artworks, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, US
Deadbeat Club: Mentally Retired, Slow Culture, Los Angeles, US
Secret Passions: Private Flemish Collections, Lille 3000, Lille, FR
Beating around the bush Episode #4, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL, The Photobook Museum, Cologne, DE
Deadbeat Club: Field Trip, Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose, US
Biographical Forms, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES
Apparatus, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, US
’La Dernière Vague’ This is (Not) Music, Marseille, FR
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Ranch and Roll, Los Angeles, US
Transitions, Art Park Gallery, Byron Bay, AU
Summer Camps, Rêveries américaines sur l'adolescence, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve/Loft 19, Paris, FR
The Road Ahead, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
The Young Americans, Djurhuus Collection, Copenhagen, DK
Hour Hands, (Rented Space), Vancouver, CA
Artists’ Book Not Artists’ Book, Boo-Hooray Gallery, New York, US
Art in the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Tomorrow is The Question, S.M.A.K., Gent, BE
Disorder Disorder, Ulterior Motives in Contemporary Art, Curated by Joseph Allen Shea, Penrith Regional Gallery, New South Wales, AU
A New Art for A New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions 2000-2010, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, US
Perspectives 2010, International Center of Photography, New York, US
Efecto Drácula / Comunidades en Transformación, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, MX
Spring Fever, 106 Green, Brooklyn, US
The 7th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Cultural Center of Liège-Les Chiroux, Liège, BE
Ed Templeton, Mellemrummet, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, DK
Spring Fever, Curated by Nicole Russo and Ridley Howard, 106 Green, New York, US
Rites de Passage, SCHUNCK Glaspaleis, Heerlen, NL
McGee. Templeton. Pettibon., Curated by Aaron Rose, Circleculture Gallery, Berlin, DE
Macrocosm, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
Face Forward, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, US
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Curated by Aaron Rose, Marella Gallery, Milan, IT
Thirteen: Photography from Southern California, Cuesta College Gallery, San Luis Obispo, US
Mad Love—Young Art from Danish Private Collections, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, DK
Generations USA, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, UA
Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, AU
Australian Center for Photograph, Sydney, AU
Orange Coast College, Orange County, US
Do Not Stack, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, US
Skate Culture, Bildmuseet, Umeå, SW
The Americans, Curated by Peter Weiermair, Kunstalle Vienna, AU
AWOL, Young Artists Biennial, RO
Mankind, Story of a Wound, Center for Religious Art and Culture, Heverlee, BE
Pictures of You, ALP Galleri Peter Bergman, Stockholm, SW
Spank the Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Somewhere Between Sincerity and Sarcasm, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Paripherie, (Contemporary Art in the Periphery), Crac Alsace Contemporary Art Center, Altkirch, FR
Dig for Fire, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE
Queen of the Night, Berman/Turner Projects, Santa Monica, US
Beautiful Losers, Le Tri Postal, Lille, FR
Skate Culture, Preus Museum, Horten, NO
LA Art in NY, Altman Building, New York, US
BANG! BANG!, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Saint-Étienne, FR
Mixed Plates, Voice Gallery, San Diego, US
Beautiful Losers, La Triennale de Milano, IT
Carpe Diem, Onsix Gallery, San Francisco, US
Monster Child Gallery, Sydney, AU
First We Take Museums, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
You Ruin My Life, with Deanna Templeton, Anti-Social, Vancouver BC, CA
Beautiful Losers, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, US
Raw Dogs, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Improved, The Postcard Project, Fosterart, London, UK
Beautiful Losers, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, US
Beautiful Losers, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US
Beautiful Losers, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, US
The OsCene, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, US
No More Reality, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK
The Fourth Sex (adolescent extremes), Curated by Francesco Bonami and Ralf Simons Stazione Leopolda, Florence, IT
Modart Munich, ISPO Center, Munich, DE
Crazy Bastard, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding, Contemporary Arts Center, Virginia Beach, US
Models and Mavericks, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL
I, Camera, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA "Detour” Covivant Gallery, Tampa, US
Super Hero, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Scratch off the Serial, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, US
Juxtapoz 8th Anniversary Art Show, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Santa Monica, CA "Session the Bowl" Deitch Projects, New York, US
The Black Sperm of Vengeance, with Leigh Ledare, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
The Portrait Show, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Sunshine, Alleged Gallery, New York, US
Paintaholics, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Precious Cargo, KBond, Los Angeles, US
Disciplined and Vigilant, with Tobin Yelland, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, US
Barb Wire Heaven, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Pure, ESP Gallery, San Francisco, US
Arkitip, Exposition and Projections, Espace Flon, Lausanne, CH
Poster Renaissance, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Best of the West, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Modart 2000, Modart Gallery, San Diego, US
Search for Art, Area Bovisa, Milan, IT
The Bird Show, Space 1026, Philadelphia, US
Modart Warp Tour, Traveling exhibit in the US and Europe
The Bathroom Show, New Image Art, Los Angeles, US
Modart 99, Modart Gallery, San Diego, US
Off the Hook, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, US
Modart 98, Modart Gallery, San Diego, US
The Outsiders, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, US
Graphic vs. Product, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, US
The Independents, Alleged Gallery, New York, US
Culture is Our Business, Melbourne Museum of Art, AU
Grind: The Graphics and Culture of Skateboarding, Curated by Tyler Stallings and Ed Templeton, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, US
CityFolk, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US
Dysfunctional, Blue Note Gallery, London, UK
Pathetic Masterwork’s, Alleged Gallery, New York, US
48 hours in the Hole, Gallery X, Los Angeles, US
The Degenerates, World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago, US