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(1960 – 2009), New Zealand

Julian Dashper Biography

Julian Dashper studied at the Elam School of Art at the University of Auckland from 1978. His work from the early 1980s appropriated the painterly gestures of Abstract Expressionism but undermined the movement’s emotional ties in titles based on the artist’s favourite pop songs or places in Auckland.

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In 1992 he exhibited his first purely conceptual works, a series of drum kits with the names of New Zealand artists, such as The Colin McCahons. Dashper later abandoned painting for a series of installations that considered the relationship between local and international arts practices, alluding to artists as rock stars and constructing drum kits with targets on them that imitated paintings by Jasper Johns, but were constructed with applied vinyl. He also commented on New Zealand’s cultural distance, developing an international practice from Auckland, negotiating a cover feature of himself in Art Forum.

Dashper is represented by works in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery, The Chartwell Collection, Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa and many other public and private collections.  

Julian Dashper Featured Artworks

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Halley's Comet at Silverdale by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Julian DashperHalley's Comet at Silverdale, 1984Oil and pastel on paper, two parts
120 x 160 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork painting
Julian DashperUntitled, 1996Vinyl on drumhead 16"
40 x 40 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork painting
Julian DashperUntitled, 1996Vinyl on drumhead 14"
35 x 35 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork painting
Julian DashperUntitled, 1996Vinyl on drumhead 20"
50 x 50 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Untitled (Neon Piece) by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork installation
Julian DashperUntitled (Neon Piece), 2008White neon
150 x 100 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Floral Poles by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork print
Julian DashperFloral Poles, 1992Silver gelatin print, gold frame
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork mixed media
Julian DashperUntitled, 1993drum head with cut out, sprayed white paint
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork painting
Julian DashperUntitled, 1995Acrylic on canvas
Variable dimensions
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

Julian Dashper Recent Exhibitions

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Julian Dashper Represented By

Hamish McKay contemporary art gallery in Wellington, New Zealand Hamish McKay Wellington
Michael Lett contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lett Auckland

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