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Kristian Kaare Nygaard, Bust of Percy Grainger
Kristian Kaare Nygaard, Bust of Percy Grainger
Kristian Kaare Nygaard, Portrait Sculpture of Percy Grainger, 1980
This bronze bust of extraordinary Australian musician Percy Grainger was presented to the University in honour of Grainger's close association with this state. Grainger played a major part in discovering WA pianist Eileen Joyce in 1926, and in 1935 he established the Rose Grainger Music Collection at UWA. Sir Frank Callaway made Grainger scholarship a major research activity at the University during the 1980s. The bust was created by Norwegian-born sculptor and surgeon Kaare Nygaard, who knew Grainger both personally and as a patient. He wrote of Grainger, 'He was such a great charmer in real life – nothing art-wise can ever really capture that personality'.

Bronze, 72 x 33 cm
The University of Western Australia Art Collection, gift of WA University Choral Society to the Music Department, 1980

Caption: Brian Dawson
Photo: Natasha Chaykowski, UWA Friends of the Grounds 2009 photographic competition