Alanis Morissette 030

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Alanis Morissette 030 (second edition 061)

Look closer for eleven song titles and one lyric from the album Jagged Little Pill:
All I Really Want; You Oughta Know; Perfect; Hand in My Pocket; Right Through You; Forgiven; You Learn; Head Over Feet; Mary Jane; Ironic; Not the Doctor; “It’s easy not to. . .” (Wake Up)

The story: 

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in Canada in the early 1990s with two mildly successful dance-pop albums. Afterwards, as part of a recording deal, she moved to Holmby Hills, Los Angeles and in 1995 released Jagged Little Pill, a more rock-oriented album which sold more than 33 million copies globally and is her most critically acclaimed work. Her follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998.

Morissette assumed creative control and producing duties on subsequent studio albums, including Under Rug Swept* (2002), So-Called Chaos (2004), and Flavors of Entanglement (2008). Her eighth studio album, most recent to date, Havoc and Bright Lights, released in 2012. Morissette has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and has been dubbed the “Queen of Alt-Rock Angst” by Rolling Stone.

Morissette was born June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to teacher Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein) and high-school principal and French teacher Alan Richard Morissette. She has two brothers: older brother Chad is a business entrepreneur, and twin brother (12 minutes older) Wade, who is a musician. Her father is of French and Irish descent and her mother has Hungarian ancestry. Her parents were teachers in a military school and due to their work often had to move. Between the ages of three and six she lived with her parents in Lahr (Black Forest), Germany.

When she was six years old, she returned to Ottawa and started to play the piano. In 1981, at age seven, she began dance lessons. Morissette had a Catholic upbringing. She attended Holy Family Catholic School for elementary school and Immaculata High School for Grades 7 and 8 before completing the rest of her high school at Glebe Collegiate Institute. She appeared on the children’s television show You Can’t Do That on Television for five episodes when she was in junior high school.

Morissette’s success with Jagged Little Pill (1995) was credited with opening doors for female singers such as Shakira, Meredith Brooks and, in the early 2000s, Pink, Michelle Branch, and fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne. She was criticized for collaborating with producer and supposed image-maker Ballard, and her previous albums also proved a hindrance for her respectability. Morissette and the album won six Juno Awards in 1996: Album of the Year, Single of the Year (“You Oughta Know”), Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Rock Album. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for “You Oughta Know”), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year.                                                -credit

The artwork: 

The first print of this illustration was sold at a silent auction event, Lion’s Pride to benefit the church school at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in graphite prisma colors: Olive Green-*While producing Under Rug Swept, the September 11 terrorist attacks prompted the web-release of “Utopia” which ended a three-year silent period for Alanis, Olive Green is Prisma Color #911; Aqua-Marine Aqua because she sang in “Don’t Drink the WaterDave Matthews Band and Marine because Alanis’ parents taught at military schools; Crimson Red for Sony’s Red Distribution label which released Havoc and Bright Lights in 2012; and the shirt is Pale Vermillion for the line in Right Through You – “now that I’m a zillion-aire.”

Artist: Tobin Bortner of Bastrop, Texas – drawing done in January of 2020 – ©Tobin Signs/Look Closer Illustrations 

DERIVATIVE Work photo credits: Face from Rock Candy Broadcast Episode 96 Alanis-Morissette-1200×900; microphone from Jagged Little Pill Musical to Broadway gettyimages-495401722

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)
11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 60)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
(Free shipping)

Alanis Morissette 030

the Queen of “Alt-Rock” Angst


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