Julian Dashper graduated from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1982. He exhibited extensively both inside and outside New Zealand, and was widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most important and unique artistic voices. Dashper began his career as an abstract painter, but rapidly developed a conceptual practice which explores the narratives and support networks which surround the act of painting. In addition, Dashper’s practice actively engaged with New Zealand’s peripheral status as an artmaking environment, and the extent to which New Zealanders have traditionally engaged with international art practice through reproductions, rather than original works. In addition to sculptural and painted works, Dashper also produced a number of video and audio works, as well as writing about his own practice. Noteworthy solo exhibitions included The Big Bang Theory (1993) at Artspace in Auckland, and The Twist (1998) at the Waikato Museum of Art and History Te Whare o Waikato. In addition, Dashper was artist in residence at a number of overseas institutions, including the Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and the University of Lincoln-Nebraska. Dashper died in 2009, at the age of 49.