Drawing - Painting - Printmaking

TJ Templeton


Artist and curator, currently residing in Kansas City, Missouri and easily stalked on Facebook.

My work spans performance, digital media, printmaking, and every method of drawing and painting from watercolor to oils to encaustic. Painting is my passion and accounts for the vast majority of my body of work.

My style is typically figurative and realist, inspired by social justice issues and the human condition.

All of my work is created using the only the finest archival materials. The formula that I've created for my oil painting medium uses no dammar resin or varnish, ensuring that removing and replacing any final varnish will cause no harm to the painting. The materials that I use and techniques that I employ have all thoroughly researched and approved by AMIEN: The Art Materials Information and Education Network.


Studied at the Kansas City Art Institute 1987 -1990 on scholarship: Foundations program and various fields of study. Left before degree program was completed to pursue already robust career.


Bunker Center for The Arts, Kansas City, MO

Recent Notable Exhibitions


  • Solo: "Youthful Commodities" November-December, 2016 at Petshop Gallery, Omaha, NE

  • Solo: Narcissus Smirked: A snapshot of our Selfie Culture" July-August, 2016 at Gallery 105, Lincoln, NE

  • Group: "Winterfest Auction and Ales" Featured artist/auction contributor January 2016, Downtown Holiday Inn, Lincoln, NE

  • Solo: "Waxing Candidly and Other Observations" November 2015, Spatium, Lincoln, NE (review)

  • Group: Wrappable: Gifts from the Heart (Group Show) Lux Center for the Arts November 6th to December 24th 2015

  • Group: Featured Artist in the deLUX Art Gala September 27th, 2015, Lincoln, NE

  • Group: Participating studio in the "Lincoln Bicycle Art Tour" May 30th,2015, Lincoln, NE

  • Group:"Darger HQ Group Exhibition"  May 5th to September 20th, Lincoln Country Club, Lincoln, NE

  • Solo: "Selected Works 2014-2015"  May 2015, Crescent Moon , Lincoln, NE

  • Solo: "Selected Works on paper", May 2015, Spatium, Lincoln, NE

  • Solo: "Drastic Measures" March, 2015, Spatium, Lincoln, NE

  • Solo: "Stop/Go: exercises in red and green"  December 2014, Spatium, Lincoln, NE

  • Solo: "Recent Works" October through November 2014, Gallery 105,  Lincoln, NE  (review)

Curatorial Experience

  • April 2015, Spatium
    Naked Rob, "Back Door! Front Door!" A performance installation performed and constructed by Robert Edgington Jr (Naked Rob)

  • June 2015, Spatium
    Group Show, "Chuva Obliqua / Oblique Rain" Artists: Beatriz Albuquerque, Rodrigo Bettencourt da Câmara, Brian Bulfer, Andrew Corpuz, André Fradique, Joao Galrão, Sandra Gil, Jesse Jagtiani, Sean Justice, Stephanie Lupu, Frederico Mendes, Téo Pitella, Angel Settell, Angela Valella and Joao Vilhena. Performance Reading: Lynda Clause, David Moscovich, Daniel Neumann, Scott Scholz, Joe Younglove Curators: Justin Maki and TJ Templeton

  • July 2015, Spatium
    Bri Murphy, "Crowns and Nitrous Oxide"

  • August 2015, Spatium
    Sunny Gibbons, "Selected Works"

  • August 2015, Spatium
    Kate Running, "Crochet! You stay"

  • September 2015, Spatium
    Liana Owad, "Upkeep"

  • October 2015, Spatium
    Recent Works: Mark Francis

  • December 2015, Spatium
    $150 and under group show. Featured Artists: Shawn Teseo Ballarin, Wendy Jane Bantam, Margaret Berry, Hannah Demma, Mark Francis, Bri Murphy, Liana Owad, Kate Running, Tj Templeton