Thursday 30 July 2009


Jim and Mary Barr have just posted that artist Julian Dashper died this morning.

I only got to know Julian over the last few years - he was one of those people who, after studying their work in art history class after art history class, it was a little terrifying to meet in the flesh. I quickly found out that the person behind the work was generous, funny, worldly, curious, and engaged with life, art and people with a level of energy that was almost ferocious.

Someone observed to me once that Julian had been a venerable elder of the New Zealand art world since he was about 23. It's too soon to eulogise, but I - like hundreds, thousands of others - will miss him.

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