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Kirsty Templeton Davidge, 3 Buttons

Kirsty Templeton Davidge, 3 Buttons (2016), oil on canvas [Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton AB, Jun 23-Jul 12]

Kirsty Templeton Davidge

Peter Robertson Gallery
Edmonton AB – Jun 23-Jul 12, 2016

Kirsty Templeton Davidge, This Boy

Kirsty Templeton Davidge, This Boy (2015), oil on canvas [Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton AB, Jun 23-Jul 12]

Kirsty Templeton Davidge, WASP

Kirsty Templeton Davidge, WASP (2016), oil on canvas [Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton AB, Jun 23-Jul 12]

Although her CV dates back to 2012, Templeton Davidge’s paintings suggest an artist who has been around forever. A 2015 graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA program, she is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. As for her paintings, they are as numerous and as varied as one would expect of an artist in her prime.

Born in Toronto and now living in Edmonton, Templeton Davidge is a memory artist who appears aware of the facts of her past, but is especially interested in their “after-image.” On her website she says this of her paintings: “ Some are inspired by childhood memories of driving back and forth along Toronto area highways in the 1970s. Always moving forward, but never arriving at a comfortable place.”

In large-format oils like Second Saturday (2015) and Second Sunday (2015), we see the highway as a child might have seen it from a car window. But it is in a more recent portrait such as WASP (2016) and a still life such as 3 Buttons (2016) that we experience the recesses of these memories in the form of folded and wrinkled clothing.

Michael Turner


 Thu, Jun 9, 2016