Debbie Templeton-Page - Born in Tasmania and has aboriginal ancestry, she moved to New Zealand in her 20's.
Debbie has been sculpting since 1999, and for the last 10 years has worked as a full time professional sculptor and tutor from her studio / gallery at York Street Gallery of Fine Art. Debbie predominantly exhibits in the South Canterbury region (South Island, New Zealand), but has also exhibited work in Italy in 2004, where she attended a resident sculpture course working with marble and alabaster.
Her sculptures grace homes around the world and she has created many commissions locally and internationally. Debbie's sculptures can be seen at the AIGANTIGHE ART Gallery, the foyer of the TIMARU DISTRICT COUNCIL building, ST MARYS CHURCH, and at the top of the main street of TIMARU overlooking CAROLINE BAY you can see a 3.2 metre bluestone piece titled 'BRONZE' (pictured right), to name but a few public pieces in Timaru.
A 2 metre tall bluestone sculpture called 'ZOLIEKAH' resides in the main St of OXFORD, Canterbury, New Zealand. Large public sculptures can also be of Debbie's can also be found in Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Temuka and Ashburton.
. Lady Mateparae was gifted a sculpture of Templton-Page’s for Government House. Also Sir James Wallace bought a bronze sculpture for the Wallace Trust Art Collection. Over her time as a sculptor she has been invited judge, guest artist , award recipent of many group exhibitions.
Statement From Artist
“From the moment I first picked up a hammer and chisel sculpting has been my passion and obsession. Sculptures and rocks are always twisting and turning in my mind, inspired not only by the way they look but also the way they feel. The stone sometimes has a mind of its own, other times the sculptures I create are a reflection of my life, a way of expressing myself and sometimes a bit of both. Having worked in many different mediums over the years, Bluestone (Basalt) has me in ‘its grip’ at the moment. The natural beauty that emulates from the stone just amazes me.. It is a natural resource that is quarried in Timaru, is a part of the local shoreline and hills.
2002 - Selected for inclusion in the ‘Cleveland Living Arts’, in Dunedin.
2003 - Merit Award from South Canterbury Arts Society, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.
2003 - St Mary’s Church, sculpture ‘Peace’ [Lime Stone].
2004 - Exhibited at the Centro d’arte Verrocchio, Italy.
2004 - Guest artist at the Aigantighe for the south Canterbury arts society exhibition, Westpac Art Awards.
2005 - Merit Award from South Canterbury Arts Society, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.
2005 - First Prize in the Waimate Art Society Exhibition, Waimate.
2006 - Timaru District Council for the entrance of the new office building, sculpture ‘Destiny ‘[Bluestone].
2007 - Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru purchased for the gallery collection the sculpture ‘Love’, [Alabaster].
2007 - Waimataitai school’s Jubilee- sculpture ‘Gali’ [Bluestone], unveiled by Prime Minister ‘Helen Clark’.
2008 - St Josephs , Jubilee- sculpture ,Temuka. ‘Gods Hands’ [Limestone]
2008 - ‘BRONZE’ 3.20m high bluestone sculpture commissioned by Raymond, Sullivan, McGlashan and gifted to Timaru as part of the firms 125th anniversary and place at the top of the main street of Timaru town, overlooking Caroline Bay.
2009 - ‘ZOLIEKAH’2m high bluestone sculpture, commissioned for the town of Oxford & Placed on the main street.
2009 - ‘MORGAN’ Commissioned by Gareth Morgan for Holme Station Homestead.
2009 - Solo Exhibition
2009 - ‘WHIPSPERS OF ANGELS’ for St Marys Church ,Timaru
2009 - Guest artist, Trust Aoraki Art Awards, Aigantighe Art Gallery.
2010 - Guest artist, A.S.A. 46th Placed at Exhibition@Ashburton Public Art Gallery.
2010 - ‘ATHENA’, bluestone sculpture commission for North Haven child care centre and placed in their grounds at Arthur St, Timaru.
2011 - Sculpture award S.C Art Exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery
2011 - Lake Tekapo bought 2 ½ meter Bluestone Sculpture to be placed between the Lake and the Shops (still to be placed)
2012 - Award at Ashburton Arts Exhibition in the Main Council Art Gallery
2012 - Award at the Aigantighe Art Gallery S.C Art Award.
2012 - T.D.C has put 2 large Basalt sculptures of mine at Caroline Bay
2012 - Public Sculpture for ANZCO Foods Ashburton.
2012 - Large Basalt Sculpture commission to U.S.A (3/4 ton)
2012 - 2nd Solo Exhibition.
2013 - Bluestone Lady Sculpture presented to Lady Mateparae for Government House by Major Janie Annear.
2013 - Exhibition at Bryce Gallery - Christchurch.
2014 Alpine Energy Art Awards- Guest Artist \ sculpture judge.
2014 Wallace Art Trust Awards Finalist......sculpute titled A PIECE OF ME ,APIECE OF YOU [bronze]
- Sir James Wallace bought this bronze sculpture for The Wallace Trust Art Collection
2014 Ashburton stone sculpting symposium-
The 2m Blue stone sculpture 'Generations' created at this symposium .Was bought by a Mid-Canterbury man in conjuction with the Ashburton District Council .And is placed in the Domain. In memory of the mans son and Ashburtons 150 Anniversary.
2014 Timaru Girls High- Commissioned Bluestone sculpture 1500mm high. now stands in their grounds.
2015 Roncalli College Timaru- Commissioned Timaru Bluestone sculpture. now stands in their grounds.
2016 Aigantighe Art gallery Timaru, "HOPE AND CONNECTIONS" exhibition 25 sculptures,(2300mm tall to 100mm) made from the rubble from central Christchurch and the process to the Chch Cathedral Fund.
2016 Aigantighe Art Gallery Timaru bought 'Looking Through Memories Window' 1200mm x 900mmx 300mm. for the permanent collection.
2016 Exhibition in the Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral ,'Hope and Connections',
2016 Ashburton Stone sculpting Symposium .
2017 Timaru Boys High School comission 3m tall with base Bluestone sculpture placed at front of school. ' Knowledge, Power, Wisdom and Family.
2017 Lady Fiona Elworthy donates a sculpture from the Hope and Connections Exhibition to Woodford School.