At the heart of Jonathan Mandell's artistic vision lies the seamless fusion of fundamental fine art principles, such as perspective, color composition, and drawing, with the expressive medium of mosaic. With hand-blown glass shards, ceramic tiles, semi precious stones, minerals, and mirrors, he breathes life into wall-mounted panels and three-dimensional forms. Through meticulous craftsmanship, his pieces evolve into tactile paintings and sculptures that enchant the senses.
Jonathan is a mosaic artist whose sculptures, large-scale public installations, and vibrant wall-mounted creations have found a permanent home in prestigious institutions and sites across the country. From the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Jonathan's mosaics grace prominent locations that inspire and captivate visitors.
Jonathan's meticulous attention to detail is evident in his deliberate grout lines, which transcend their functional purpose and become dynamic drawing lines, infusing his imagery with a sense of movement and vitality. These lines masterfully establish depth, perspective, and the volume of form within each composition. The use of hand-blown glass shards, with their convex and concave shapes, adds an enchanting bas-relief effect that brings the mosaic surfaces to life. From the interplay of colors to the intricate textures, Jonathan Mandell's mosaics create an immersive experience, inviting viewers to explore the rich tapestry of his artistic expression. With each installation, he transforms spaces into vibrant realms, where art transcends traditional boundaries and becomes an integral part of the environment.
Jonathan's mosaics have garnered recognition in various publications, including The Bel Aire Hotel Magazine, Glass Art Magazine, The Penn Gazette, and Northwestern Magazine. Through these features, his awe-inspiring artworks have captivated audiences and invited them to delve into the intricacies of his creative process. His talent extends beyond the realm of creation, as Jonathan has also shared his expertise as an adjunct professor at Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts. There, he imparted his fine art approach to mosaic, guiding students in the exploration of this remarkable medium. Jonathan himself had transitioned into mosaic-based work after being inspired by a professor who introduced him to the medium.
Jonathan's commitment to his craft shines through in every piece he creates. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of mosaic art, he continues to inspire and uplift, bringing joy and beauty to all who encounter his creations.