Monday, July 2, 2012

New Portrait Illustration: Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Musician/Songwriter

Stephin Merritt, 2012. By Travis Simpkins

     Enigmatic and creative, Stephin Merritt has been intriguing an ever-growing audience with his various musical incarnations (The Magnetic Fields, The 6th's, Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies) since starting out in Boston in the early 1990's. A poetic and powerful songwriter, he plays many of the instruments on the records himself, layering tracks with his distinct baritone vocals. Often misunderstood in his quiet, detached ways, Stephin is a very deep person whose passion for his Art seems to outweigh most other things. His beautiful songs accurately reflect his unique, caring and vulnerable personality. I tried to capture some of Stephin's characteristic sensitivity in this portrait.

The Magnetic Fields- "Papa Was a Rodeo"

The Magnetic Field's- "Chicken With It's Head Cut Off"

The Magnetic Fields- "I Think I Need a New Heart"

The Magnetic Fields- "I Don't Want To Get Over You"

The Magnetic Fields

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