Kirsty Templeton Davidge : Exhibitions

Common Threads

September 06 - September 23, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6 7 - 9 pm Artist in attendance


June 23 - July 12, 2016

In Hole-And-Corner, Kirsty Templeton Davidge brings us intimate, and sensitively rendered portraits. Cropped perspectives of the human form highlighting hands, backs, and clothing items are often the only hints provided to piece together faceless narratives. Where the artist has chosen to depict the faces of her characters, they are secretive and elusive, seeming to only indirectly acknowledge the viewer.

“Suspended in an illusory state of quiet yet restless repose, these are gentle portraits of young men and women; isolated yet interconnected characters, metaphors for the physical manifestations of the full array of internal psychological tones. They are completely self-aware, yet fiercely guarded. As they move away from childhood but not yet feeling an adult, they are neither ‘here nor there’ but in limbo, they are in between… Bourne from personal stories, these youths isolate themselves from those around them. These ambiguous portraits depict a delicate balance between deep secrets, which we cherish, but long to release.”

Kirsty Templeton Davidge’s portraits look to technical elements from the Contemporary Baroque period embodied by such artists as Velasquez, as well as to later Realists including portraitists such as Reynolds and Manet. “Of personal interest to me is to allow the paint to be paint and yet something more, it is raw and expressive and yet ‘beautiful’ at the same time.”

Kirsty Templeton Davidge

August 01 - August 18, 2015

"I have produced a group of paintings that reflect on memory and its after-image. Some are inspired­­­ by childhood memories of travelling back and forth along Toronto area highways during the 1970’s. Always moving forward, but never arriving at a comfortable place. Concurrently, I’m thinking about the passage of time; of my childhood, and my own children’s childhood, up to the present day. Continuously sliding along these timelines, seemingly back and forth, I represent the quieter aspects of life that are often forgotten.

Working within classical modes of representation I investigate how personal history and memory are closely associated with a place, how time informs memory, and how visual representation can be used to communicate experience.

The use of photography is central to this work. Over time photographs, like memory, are never wholly able to express the experience they represent. Our memories seem frozen in time, as an image captured on film, yet the passage of time alters our recollections and perceptions. The use of photographs to recall and clarify memories helps to pull us back to a time or place. The place can be a physical landscape, a psychological landscape or a combination of the two. The photos from my childhood are the jumping off point, digitally altered and emotionally imbued; they travel through time to the present day. Through the careful use of colour, exploiting a certain discord, I explore human narratives, memories and the emotional reactions we all may have encountered during the process of maturation. In this way, I cast light on the everyday, the unexplored, and the often overlooked. "

Kirsty Templeton Davidge, 2015