Ed Templeton, Kids Kiss, Encinitas California, 1996, from Teen Kissers.

The Professional Skateboarder as Documentarian and Artist

Ed Templeton, Portrait of Mike Mills, 2008, Acrylic on Panel.

Ed Templeton, Cemetery Of Reason, 2008, Acrylic on Wood.

Ed Templeton, Portrait of Deanna (Books) 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 4x4'.

Ed Templeton, Deanna, London, Gelatin Silver Print with artwork, Gelatin Silver Print with painting.


Stedelijk Museum
voor Actuele Kunst
+ 32 9 221 17 03
Ed Templeton
The Cemetery of Reason

March 4-June 13, 2010

The American painter, drawing artist and photographer Ed Templeton (°1972) tells the story of his life, a story that also makes comments on the society in which he lives. Templeton presents his images free from hierarchy, focusing on the world of punk and skateboarding, friends, family, himself and his wife… From intimately to far outside, he effortlessly couples autobiographical fragments with a universal imagery. The result is an exhibition which presents itself as ‘a story’, fed and corroborated by photographs, paintings and sketches that roam through the spaces, free from hierarchy.

Templeton (born July 28, 1972 in Orange County, California) is a professional skateboarder who lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Ed started skateboarding in 1985 in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California, with his friend Jason Lee. He turned pro for New Deal Skateboards in 1990. He left New Deal in 1992 to start the short-lived company "TV" with Mike Vallely. In 1993, Ed founded Toy Machine skateboards.

Outside of skateboarding, Ed is an artist and photographer. He began by painting the graphics for his skateboard company, TV and later for Toy Machine. In 2000, Ed's book of photography Teenage Smokers placed first in the Search For Art competition in Italy, winning $50,000. In the fall of 2001, Ed's artwork was featured in Juxtapoz magazine and in 2002 he produced an art exhibition, The Essentiel Disturbance, in Palais de Tokyo (Paris) with the catalogue, The Golden Age of Neglect, published by Drago.

Ed Templeton is a featured artist of Beautiful Losers, a touring art exhibit, collected art book and feature documentary film, which includes the work of various contemporary artists. Much of the art in Beautiful Losers is about skateboarding and other urban themes. Templeton and some members of the Toy Machine team skated on ramps (and even a car) setup at the base of the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center in the summer of 2003 for the temporary showcase of Beautiful Losers. Ed Templeton is often interviewed about his work and career and is one of the subjects of the Beautiful Losers film.

In 2008, after 11 years of selection and research, Ed Templeton published Deformer (also the title of a 1996 documentary film about Templeton directed by Mike Mills, the summary of his personality as an artist in which he speaks of his human and aesthetic growth in the "incubator of suburban outskirts" Orange County, California.

He is also a co-editor of the arts magazine, ANP Quarterly, started in 2005.

Ed Templeton, The duality of femininity, 2009, Acrylic on MDF, 205 x 40 x 89cm.

Ed Templeton, Josh has a run-in with the police, St. Petersburg (Russia), 2007, gelatin silver print with text, 60 x 45cm.

Ed Templeton, Grant, Huntington Beach, 2009.

Ed Templeton, Brian, Dortmund, 1999, C-print.