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Artist Works

  • Image of DT-P Day Dream

    Debbie Templeton-Page

    DT-P Day Dream

  • Image of DT-P You, Him and Her

    Debbie Templeton-Page

    DT-P You, Him and Her

Artist Biography

Debbie Templeton-Page was born in Tasmania and has aboriginal ancestry. She moved permanently to New Zealand in her twenties and has been sculpting since 1999. She works full- time as a sculptor and tutor from her studio/gallery in York Street, Timaru.  Predominantly exhibiting in the South Canterbury region, but also in Italy in 2004 where she did a resident sculpture course working in marble and alabaster. Debbie’s unique sculptures grace homes locally and internationally; and she has done numerous commissions . Debbie has large public sculptures in Oxford, Lake Tekapo, Ashburton, Temuka , Timaru and Lincoln. Lady Mateparae was gifted a sculpture of Templeton-Page’s for Government House. Sir James Wallace bought a bronze sculpture for the Wallace Trust Art Collection. Aigantighe Art Gallery has sculptures of hers in the permanent collection including 2 large works 1 at the main entrance. Christchurch ‘Life in Vacant Spaces’ chose to place ,’Atlas’ a large Bluestone sculpture in Peterborough St, Central Christchurch for 4 plus years. Over her time as a sculptor she has been invited judge, guest artist , award recipient of many group exhibitions.

Debbie designed striking new signs for the Timaru District Council.

That are placed at the 5 main road district entrances to the Timaru District, – The sets of 5 pillars of steel feature abstract reflections of the amazing aspects of the district; our people , our rivers, our nature, our sea and mountains.

They are striking public artworks that offer a unique welcome to the district.


Artist Statement 

From the moment I first picked up a hammer and chisel sculpting has been my passion and obsession. Sculptures and rocks are always s twisting and turning in my mind, inspired not only by the way they look but also the way they feel.  The stone ,clay ,wax ,resin and lead crystal 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.  I have worked in many different mediums over the years, all I love for different reasons. Bluestone (Basalt) has had me in ‘its grip’ for about 18 years .  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.


Artist Exhibitions

  • 22nd Jun 2022 - 9th Jul 2022: Folina Vili – Debbie Templeton-Page – Joe Clarke

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