Artist Jason Mecier Created Amy Winehouse’s Portrait Made of Pills

Using 5,000 multicoloured tablets, artist Jason Mecier created the 17 x 21 inch picture to honour the singer’s short life.

Using 5,000 multicoloured tablets, artist Jason Mecier created the 17 x 21 inch picture to honour the singer's short life. Photo: JasonMecier.com

He creates his portraits of celebrities using junk, pills and sweets. Jason sometimes uses items donated by the stars themselves to complete his pieces.

Jason explains: “Celebrities really do send me items. Most people send me anywhere from a shoebox to a trash bag full of things to incorporate into their portraits. I have a bag of Pam Anderson’s laundry, and a letter Paris Hilton wrote me from prison.”

His web-site – JasonMecier.com – where you can find more of the artist’s works says: “A man of considerable humor and imagination, mosaic portrait artist Jason Mecier began his life puttering with beans, noodles, yarn, pom poms, felt and other inexpensive craft materials so invaluable for bazaars, scout groups, gifts and home décor. ”

“While his artwork may fool the eye, there’s no fooling about his artwork – no gimmicks… no trick shots… no studio touch ups.”

“They are one of a kind hand-crafted mosaics Mecier has created with painstaking care. His portraits have gained international attention and have been featured for many years in national consumer magazines and prestigious galleries. Mr. Mecier has a deep love for people, art and collecting things; he wants to help others enjoy what he likes to do best.”

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.

Winehouse’s problems with drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death.

She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life.

Winehouse was found dead on July 23, 2011, at her home in London; police have said that the cause of her death is “as yet unexplained”. Winehouse’s family and friends attended her funeral on 26 July 2011.

She was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. Winehouse’s record label, Universal Republic, released a statement that read in part: “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer.”

Many musical artists have since paid tribute to Winehouse including U2, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, George Michael, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Courtney Love. [Jason Mecier via The Telegraph]

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