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1972, Orange County, CA
Lives and works in Huntington Beach, CA

Ed Templeton was born in Orange County, a sprawling suburb of Los Angeles. He became interested in skateboarding when he was in junior high school and devoted all his time to it. Templeton’s interest in fine art began as a teen with shopping mall books about canonical painters such as Picasso, Dali, but it was his later discovery of Egon Schiele that would have a profound effect on him. Templeton eventually became a professional skateboarder, which allowed him opportunities to tour Europe. While there, he spent every free moment absorbing its galleries and art museums. Soon after, he realized his first exhibition, a skateboard art show in Chicago. Templeton is owner and creative director for his company, Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company. He has also executed design work for Spin, as well as Grand Royal, Geffen and Factory Records. Templeton considers his painting and photography pursuits separate from his skateboarding and design work, which is more graphic based. He has exhibited his work worldwide including exhibitions at Alleged Gallery, New York, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, Modern Art, London, and Aki-X Gallery, Tokyo. Solo museum exhibitions include Museum Het Domein, Netherlands (2000), and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002). Templeton currently lives and works in Huntington Beach, California.


“S.M.A.K.”, Gent, Belgium

“Strange New Feelings”, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

“Map of the Inner War”, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA
“One Step Closer”, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Empty Plastic Echoes Reverberating Through Time”, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
“Camp, Ride, Skate, Repeat”, Emerica Showroom, San Diego, CA and New York, NY
“Deformer”, Colette, Paris, France
“Suffer the Joy”, Arco Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

“The Fogged Mirror”, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
"Mined Empty", Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
“The Judas Goat”, Modern Art, London, England

“Angel of Decay”, Acquario Romano, Rome, Italy
“The Prevailing Nothing”, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
"Ed Templeton", 55DSL, Milan, Italy

“The Essential Disturbance”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

“Deeply Scathed”, Aki-Ex Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“The Sado-Voyeurist”, 1Pixel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
“Situation-Comedy”, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands

“Wires Crossed”, New Image Art / Bookarts, Santa Monica, CA

“The Golden Age of Neglect”, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY

“Retarded”, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

“Waiting for the Earth to Explode”, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY


“Rites de Passage”, SCHUNCK Glaspaleis, Heerlen, The Netherlands
“McGee. Templeton. Pettibon”, curated by Aaron Rose, Circleculture Gallery, Berlin, Germany

“Macrocosm”, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA
“Face Forward”, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”, curated by Aaron Rose, Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
“Thirteen: Photography from Southern California”, Cuesta College Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

“Mad Love—Young Art from Danish Private Collections”, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Generations USA”, Pinchuk Art Center, Kyjiv, Ukraine
Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Australian Center for Photograph, Sydney, Australia
Orange Coast College, Orange County, CA

“Do Not Stack”, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
“Skate Culture”, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
“The Americans”, curated by Peter Weiermair, Kunstalle Vienna, Austria
“AWOL”, Young Artists Biennial, Romania
“Mankind, Story of a Wound”, Center for Religious Art and Culture, Heverlee (SMAK) Museum, Belgium
“Pictures of You”, ALP galleri Peter Bergman, Stockholm, Swedem
“Spank the Monkey”, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
“Somewhere Between Sincerity and Sarcasm”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Paripherie”, (Contemporary Art in the Periphery), Crac Alsace Contemporary Art Center, Altkirch, France
“Dig for Fire”, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
“Queen of the Night”, Berman/Turner Projects, Santa Monica, CA
“Beautiful Losers”, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France
“Skate Culture”, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
“LA Art in NY”, Altman Building, New York, NY
“BANG! BANG!”, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, Saint-Étienne, France
“Mixed Plates”, Voice Gallery, San Diego, CA
“Beautiful Losers”, La Triennale de Milano, Italy
“Carpe Diem”, Onsix Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Monster Child Gallery, Sydney, Australia

“First We Take Museums”, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
“Beautiful Losers”, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
“Raw Dogs”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Improved, The Postcard Project”, Fosterart, London, England
“You Ruin My Life”, 2 person with Deanna Templeton, Anti-Social, Vancouver BC, Canada
“Beautiful Losers”, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

"Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art And Street Culture", Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; curated by Christian Strike and Aaron Rose [catalog]; travels to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Fondazione La Triennale, Milan, Italy; Le Tri Postal, Lille, France; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

“The OsCene”, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
“No More Reality”, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
“The Fourth Sex (adolescent extremes)”, curated by Francesco Bonami and Ralf Simons, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy
"Modart Munich", ISPO Center, Munich, Germany
"Crazy Bastard", New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
"Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding", Contemporary Arts Center, Virginia Beach, VA
"Models and Mavericks", Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Holland

“I, Camera”, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Detour”, Covivant Gallery, Tampa, FL
“Super Hero”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
"Scratch off the Serial", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
"Juxtapoz 8th Anniversary Art Show", Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Session the Bowl", Deitch Projects, New York, NY

“The Portrait Show”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Sunshine”, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY
“Paintaholics”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
"The Black Sperm of Vengeance", 2 person with Leigh Ledare, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
"Precious Cargo", KBond, Los Angeles CA

“Barb Wire Heaven”, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Disciplined and Vigilent”, 2 person with Tobin Yelland, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Pure”, ESP Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Arkitip, Exposition and Projections”, Espace Flon, Lausanne, Switzerland
“Poster Renaissance”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Best of the West”, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Modart 2000”, Modart Gallery, San Diego, CA
"Search for Art”, Area Bovisa, Milan, Italy

“The Bird Show”, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
“Modart Warp Tour”, traveling exhibit in the US and Europe
“The Bathroom Show”, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Modart 99”, Modart Gallery, San Diego, CA

“Off the Hook“, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Modart 98”, Modart Gallery, San Diego, CA
“The Outsiders”, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Graphic vs. Product”, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"The Independents", Alleged Gallery, New York, NY

“Culture is Our Business”, Melbourne Museum of Art, Australia

“Grind: the graphics and culture of skateboarding”, curated by Tyler Stallings and Ed Templeton Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA
“CityFolk”, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
“Dysfunctional”, Blue Note Gallery, London, England
“Pathetic Masterwork’s”, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY

“48 hours in the hole”, Gallery X, Los Angeles CA

“The Degenerates”, World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago Ill


“Best Book of the Year,” for the book Deformer, International Festival of Photography; Rome, Italy

“Search for Art,” Grand Prize for the “Teenage Smokers” photo installation; Milan, Italy


Walker Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
Semi-permanent, Sydney, Australia
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Tokion’s Creativity Now, Copper Union, NYC, NY
Beautiful Losers Panel Discussion, Cincinnati, OH
Beautiful Losers Panel Discussion, San Francisco, CA


Abrams, Micah. Video by Constantine Papanicolaou. “Being Ed Templeton.” ESPN June 11.
Oñate, Curro. “Ed Templeton: Mientras Tanto, En Bélgica.” Staf Spring.
“Ed Templeton.” KULT No. 3. Cover. March.
“Hollywood Art” BlackBook February/March. p54-59.
MADSTEEZ. “Ed Templeton.” Bliss Magazine February. p82-89.
Politkovskaja, Anna. Photographs by Ed Templeton. “La Vita Sotto Putin.” Rolling Stone (Italy) January. p108-111.

McCormick, Carlo. “Ed Templeton: Suburban Domestic Monogamy.” The Journal No. 25. p126-137.
Hammond, Stuart. “Skate Legend Ed Templeton Recalls A Life of Art and Suburban Deformity.” Dazed & Confused November. p78-80.
Templeton, Ed. “Cut and Paste.” Anthem Issue 36, Fall. p42-45.
Templeton, Ed. Deformer. Bologna: Damiani.
“How a man becomes what he is?” Damiani Editore October 30.
Wahlquist, Grant. “The Radar Books: Skating Away.” Riviera October. p78-80.
Abbott, Jeremy. Interview by Brendan Fowler. “Ed Templeton: Caught in the crossfire.” i-D October p.170-173.
Dau, Ramsey. “Art & Design: Ed Templeton Studio Visit.” ANTHEM. October 30.
Scantlen, Seth. Face Forward: Portraiture in Contemporary Art. New York: VisualFieldPress.
Lo Porto, Tiziana. “Skater Story.” Italian Voila.
Burnett, Michael. “Fighting Grizzly Bears in the Old Country.” Thrasher February. p114-139
“Highmath.” Arkitip, No. 0044, January. p17.
Whiteley, Mark. “Portfolio: Ed Templeton.” SLAP January. p86-93. cover.
Parker, Danny. “Deformer.” Anthem.

Paperplane Issue 4, Autumn/Winter.
“Ed Templeton.” Photofile Issue 80, Winter.
Bounameaux, Henry and Bart De Baere. Contemporary Art in Belgium 2008. Brussels: Best of Publishing. p138-141.
Jay, John. “Art Basel Miami (recap): John Jay on Concrete Waves.” The New York Times: The Moment December 10.
Kurland, Andrea. “Beautiful Loser.” Huck Magazine, Issue #006, November. p.86-91
Viterbo, Vittorio. “Skate on the Road.” GQ Italy November. p.202-210
ZYZZYVA, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Spring. Cover.
“Interview: Ed Templeton” ArtKrush, Issue #64, August 8.
Abbott, Jeremy. “ANP Quarterly.” i-D May.
Doggen, Jan. “Ed Templeton (artist).” POP Skateboarding Magazine, Issue #03 Spring. p.20-22
“Ed Templeton.” Around Photography, Year 4, Issue 11, March/April. Cover.
“Ed Templeton.” Doski Board Magazine, No. 5 (45). p.138-139

Templeton, Ed. Ed Templeton: Deformer, published by Grey Bull Press
Alonzo, Pedro, Peter Doroshenko and Carlo McCormick. Spank the Monkey. Berlin: Die Gestalten Verlag. p60-67.
Rose, Aaron. “L.A. Street Style.” Flash Art January-February. p86-88.

Templeton, Ed. The Contagion of Sensibility. Australia: PAM Books
Rose, Aaron, Carlos McCormick and Brendan Fowler. Young, Sleek and Full of Hell.
Rome: Drago Arts & Communication.
Kraus, Chris and Jan Tumlir, Jane McFadden. LA Artland. Black Dog Publishing.
Marcopoulos, Ari. “Suburban Dweller: Ed Templeton.” The Journal Spring. p80-112

Rose, Aaron and Christian Strike. Beautiful Losers. New York: DAP
Details. December. p50
Vuckovich, Mike. "Rawness Prevails at Ed's Latest Exhibit." Skateboarding Magazine April. p86
Burnett, Mike. “Off the Rails.” Art Review. December/January. p79

Templeton, Ed. The Prevailing Nothing. Los Angeles: Roberts & Tilton
Ohlmann, Leah. ”From the Extreme to Everyday Life.” Los Angeles Times Friday, December 12. E 41
Stoilas, Helen. “What’s On.” The Art Newspaper December. p9
Nelson, Arty. “Ed Templeton’s Big Nothing.” LA Weekly Friday, November 14. p40 - 41
Fannel, Shelley. “Champion Axle Grinder and Paintbrush Master Ed Templeton Brings It
Back Home.” Dazed & Confused November. p46
Gibb, Brian. “The Prevailing Nothing.” The Art Prostitute Issue #3, Fall. p58
“Ed Temple Ton.” Monster Children, Issue 4, Vol. 1. p70-80

Templeton, Ed. The Golden Age of Neglect. Rome: Drago

Templeton, Ed. Situation Comedy. Holland: Museum Het Domein

Dysfunctional. Booth-Clibborn Editions
Templeton, Ed. Teenage Smokers. New York: Alledged Press