Bing Dawe was born in Glenavy, North Otago, in 1952. He graduated from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts in the mid 1970s, and has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas earning a reputation as one of New Zealand's most respected sculptors.
The Robert McDougall Art Gallery, now the Christchurch Art Gallery held a major survey of his work in 1999. The curator, Felicity Milburn, wrote:-
“Dawe's work is distinctive in its ongoing personal engagement with, and commentary on, the human condition. Early and recent sculptures reflect environmental and political concerns and the global impact of technology. Expressing his strong interest in Canterbury, particularly its rivers and fishing areas, Dawe's personal experiences trigger associations with collective memories. A recurring element in Dawe's work is his combination of beautifully worked materials with grim and often violent subject matter. His sculptures consider the global through familiar and intimate metaphors with which we are all familiar.
In addition to the acclaim he has received as an artist, Dawe has also fulfilled an important role in terms of art education in Canterbury. As Programme Co-ordinator of Craft Design at the Christchurch Polytechnic since 1989, Dawe has actively encouraged emerging artists in order to ensure the growth of art, and particularly sculpture, in Canterbury. His numerous public commissions provide ongoing stimulation and enjoyment for a wide spectrum of viewers.”
His work is represented in many public and private collections, both in New Zealand and overseas, including Auckland Art Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery and public commissions in Hawke's Bay, Rotorua, Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.