Elliott Smith Caricature


Elliott Smith Caricature, shown here in Barcelona, Spain on November 10, 1998, at age 29.

Smith was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Smith’s primary instrument was the guitar, though he also used piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his “whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery”, and used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band “Heatmiser” for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994; Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song “Miss Misery”—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting (1997) was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.

Smith was a heavy drinker and drug user, as well as being diagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and major depressive disorder, which impacted his life and work; the topics often appearing in his lyrics.

On March 5, 1998, Smith made his network television debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien performing “Miss Misery” solo on acoustic guitar.

Smith released 5 albums during his short career: Roman Candle (1994), Elliott Smith (1995), Either/Or (1997), XO (1998), Figure 8 (2000), and From A Basement On A Hill (2004) released posthumously.

Popular hit songs: “Waltz #2 (XO)”, “Angeles”, “Division Day”, “Condor Ave.”, “Between The Bars”, “Needle In The Hay”, “The Biggest Lie”, “Baby Britain”, “Tomorrow, Tomorrow”, “Roman Candle”, “Say Yes”, “Miss Misery”, “Rose Parade”, “Somebody That I Used To Know” and “Son Of Sam”.

After his 34th birthday on August 6, 2003, he gave up alcohol, caffeine, red meat, refined sugar and his longtime (sometimes abused) regimen of psychiatric medication.

Smith died on October 21, 2003 at the age of 34 from two stab wounds to the chest. At the time of the stabbing, he was at his home in Echo Park, California, where he lived with his girlfriend, Jennifer Chiba. According to Chiba, the two were arguing, and she locked herself in the bathroom to take a shower. Chiba heard him scream and upon opening the door saw Smith standing with a knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out, after which he collapsed and she called 911 at 12:18 p.m. Smith died in the hospital with the time of death listed as 1:36 p.m.
The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted or the result of homicide.

He was 34.

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Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.

32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
Print Size

32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Print $495, 20" x 24" Stretched Canvas Print $330, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $185