Nick Cave, trained in fabric-arts, performance and dance, is best known for his whimsical Soundsuits, larger-than-life, exotic costumes fabricated from found objects. In 2015, at Tamarind, Cave transformed these inventive creatures, making them two-dimensional in his first original prints. Capturing the spirit of the work in digital composites, the figures that emerge on paper have a magical presence. These exotic 'beings' exist in the space between human and animal. Cave said that his experimental work at Tamarind has inspired new ideas that he hopes to develop three-dimensionally. Watch for Tamarind-inspired Soundsuits!
Cave, born in Missouri in 1959, received his undergraduate degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, and his work can be found in numerous public collections, such as Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; Benetton Group, Italy; Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas; De Young Museum, San Francisco; Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; Hallmark Corporations, Kansas City, Missouri; High Museum, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Orlando Museum of Art, Florida; The Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.