Julian Dashper was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1960. Dashper graduated with a BFA from the University of Auckland in 1982 and has exhibited widely on an international scale. His work has been the subject of a number of major New Zealand retrospectives, including Julian Dashper & Friends, City Gallery Wellington (2015) and Julian Dashper: Professional Practice, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland (2010). In 2001 he was awarded a Senior Fullbright Scholarship to visit the University of Nebraska and Chinati Foundation in Marfa as an artist-in-residence. Julian Dashper died in Auckland 30 July 2009.