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Nicholas Edward Cave aka Nick Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian singer, songwriter, poet, lyricist, author, screenwriter, composer, visual artist and occasional actor.
Nick Cave on his art: I am essentially a songwriter. Yet, people who understand my stuff know that it doesn’t end there. There has always been a strong, even obsessive, visual component to the process of songwriting—a compulsive rendering of the lyric as a thing to be seen, to be touched, to be examined. I have always done this—basically drawn my songs—for as long as I’ve been writing them. The art works are the incidental residue of an over-stimulated mind—situated beyond merchandise but before art. When the pressure of songwriting gets too much, well, I draw a cute animal or a naked woman or a religious icon or a mythological creature or something. Or I take a Polaroid, or make something out of clay. I do a collage, or write a child’s poem and date stamp and sticker it, or do some granny-art with a set of watercolour paints.