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Nick Cave, 1994

Bleddyn Butcher

gelatin silver photograph on paper
Nick Cave

Nick Cave AO (b. 1957), singer, songwriter and author, was born in Warracknabeal, Victoria, and educated at Caulfield Grammar School, where he formed his first band, The Boys Next Door. In 1980, when Cave had spent two years at art school, the band changed its name to The Birthday Party and moved to London, where it significantly influenced other punk bands. With several talented recruits, members of the Birthday Party formed The Bad Seeds, whose first album was released in 1984. Cave has participated in a number of fruitful musical collaborations and has been involved in several films, including the arthouse sensation Wings of Desire (1987). He co-wrote, acted in and wrote the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Ghosts . . . of the Civil Dead (1988) and scripted the grim Australian drama The Proposition (2006); he appeared in I’m Your Man (2005-2006), and features on the soundtrack of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). A long-term resident of the UK, he has written several novels while performing all over Europe and continuing to issue albums regularly. His releases with The Bad Seeds include Nocturama (2003), the acclaimed double set Abbatoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus (2004) and Push the Sky Away (2013), the latter the band’s first Australian number-one album. He has made two albums with Grinderman, all the members of which are members of the Bad Seeds: Grinderman (2007) and Grinderman 2 (2010). Individually, he has appeared on such ventures as the sea-chantey compilation Rogue’s Gallery (2006). Cave was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. Bleddyn Butcher has worked closely with Cave since 1980. This photograph was first published in Rolling Stone Australia in May 1994.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
© Bleddyn Butcher
Bleddyn@Tenderprey.com

Accession number: 2002.27

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Artist and subject

Bleddyn Butcher (age 41 in 1994)

Nick Cave AO (age 37 in 1994)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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Bleddyn Butcher (5 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.