Celebrity Mosaic Portrait Artist Jason Mecier creates one of-a-kind outrageous mosaic portraits. He meticulously fabricates pop-culture celebrity masterpieces out of anything - from Kevin Bacon out of bacon, to Honey Boo Boo out of 25 lbs. of trash. Jason's artwork has been featured everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to The NY Times, on TV shows like Glee, Rachael Ray and TMZ, as well as music videos by Pink and Pitbull. His portraits are hanging in Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums, countless celebrity homes, and even in The Playboy Mansion!
Jason's celebrity clients who have either sent him their junk / trash, or own Jason's own artwork (not necessarily their own portrait) include Margaret Cho, Phyllis Diller, Rosie O'Donnell, Farrah Fawcett, Hugh Hefner, Pink, Mary-Louise Parker, Bjork, Amy Sedaris, George Lopez, Parker Posey, Ricki Lake, RuPaul, Margaret Cho, Florence Henderson, Elvira, Theresa Caputo, Karen Black, Jennifer Tilly, Eli Roth, Scissor Sisters, the Go-Go's, Morgan Fairchild, Kathy Najimy, Barbi Benton, Kate Pierson, Tura Satana, Susan Tyrrell, Stepfanie Kramer, Joan Van Ark, Heidi Fleiss, Honey Boo Boo and Big Ang.
Jason's artwork is featured in the new Ripley's Believe It or Not! Book, "Prepare to be Shocked!", and Taschen's Illustration "Now Portraits!" Jason portraits and mosaics have been featured as "ads" in prominent national magazines including: Skittles, Jack Links, Glad Bags, Asics, Red Vines, Wrigley's, Ford, Quaker, Albertsons, The Food Network, Neiman Marcus, Aveeno, Corona Beer, MTV, W Hotels, Rolling Stone, Showtime, Entertainment Weekly, People, Harper's, Seventeen, Nickelodeon, Cosmo Girl, Details, Soap Opera Weekly, The Advocate, The Village Voice and The NY Times.
He is a San Francisco artist, and maintains an art studio on Guerrero St. located in SF's Mission district. His website is jasonmecier.com.
Jason Mecier Artistic Statement:
"I was originally making celebrity portraits with found objects, pretending these were the things they would have owned. Then I thought I should just ask the famous and infamous themselves to send me their junk and see what I could create. Phyllis Diller was the first. I received a box of her collected junk 3 weeks later! Then I thought if this is so easy, I'll ask everyone to send me what they have to send. I usually have best luck when it's a friend of a friend...or sometimes I just stalk people enough times that they relent and send me their treasures. It's really tricky because everyone expects that they should get their portrait for free, like a Rolex gift bag...but as I am a struggling working artist, it's sometimes a sticky negotiation. Many of the celebrities I have contacted thru the years have been more than generous: Rosie O'Donnell, Margaret Cho, Parker Posey, Ricki Lake, Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Hugh Hefner and others were happy to buy their art pieces. Other celebrities like Amy Schumer, Amy Sederis, and Florence Henderson loved their portraits but didn't really want a portrait of themselves, so I sent them a free framed print for their participation in my project.
"Celebrity Trash is a show featuring my latest "junk portraits". Most of the art pieces are made from the subject's actual junk donated to me for their portrait. I had a huge Pamela Anderson collection already, and a friend gave me a bag of her laundry and misc. things leftover from her yard sale... So her portrait is made from her paraphernalia, but not directly given to me from her. Also some friends sent me a collection of stuff from Karen Black's estate sale...so the same story there."
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