Thursday, July 30, 2009
I learned this morning of the death of Julian Dashper with great sadness. He was not only one of New Zealand's most important artists, he was also a warm-hearted, hilariously funny, and optimistic person who quietly opened the door for so many others. The New Zealand art world will be a poorer place without Julian in it, and I expect the exact nature of his significance as an artist and a thinker will become increasingly apparent in the time ahead.
Just for now, I'm looking again at this great list Julian made four or five years ago of all his favourite things, and I'm thinking of him.