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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.  

Exhibition view: Julian Dashper, 1984–1987, Michael Lett, Auckland (16 July–15 August 2020). Courtesy Michael Lett. 

Julian Dashper Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Neon Piece) by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperUntitled (Neon Piece), 2008White neon
150 x 100 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Floral Poles by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperFloral Poles, 1992Silver gelatin print, gold frame
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperUntitled, 1993drum head with cut out, sprayed white paint
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled (foil mould) by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperUntitled (foil mould), 1992Framing sample
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperUntitled, 2005Silkscreen print on paper
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled (Simone) by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperUntitled (Simone), 1987Silver gelatin print
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Untitled by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperUntitled, 1995Acrylic on canvas
Variable dimensions
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Flipback On by Julian Dashper contemporary artwork
Julian DashperFlipback On, 1989Acrylic on paper
62 x 71.5 cm
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Julian Dashper Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Dashper, 1984–1987 at Michael Lett, Auckland
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16 July–15 August 2020 Julian Dashper 1984–1987 Michael LettAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Black White at Hamish McKay, Wellington
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14 December 2019–25 January 2020 Group Exhibition Black White Hamish McKayWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Modern Nature at Michael Lett, Auckland
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14 May–15 June 2019 Group Exhibition Modern Nature Michael LettAuckland

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

Julian Dashper In Ocula Magazine

Julian Dashper: Calling the future Ocula Report Julian Dashper: Calling the future By Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers

Julian Dashper was born on a leap day in 1960. Monday 29 February 2016 would have been his fifty-sixth birthday. Or his fourteenth, depending on how you work the calendar calculations. Simultaneously older and younger, Dashper's leap year birth anticipated the basic elements of his art practice: absence and presence, addition and subtraction, a...

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Julian Dashper In Related Press

Shout Whisper Wail Related Press Shout Whisper Wail 11 August 2017, EyeContact

Ten mini exhibitions from various artists represented in the Chartwell Collection are presented here in an exhibition that is smaller in floor meterage than earlier Chartwell shows, but nevertheless tightly compact. While it looks cohesive, the disadvantage is that the thematic content revolves around sound, as you can tell from the title, and in...

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