Jonathan Mandell is a fine art tile artist living in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Mandell’s talent lies in the implementation of fundamental fine art concerns, such as perspective, color composition, and drawing into the medium of mosaic. Utilizing such materials as glass shards, ceramic tile, semiprecious stones, minerals, mirror, and marbles, Mandell creates wall-mounted panels, which evolve into what he calls, “tactile paintings”. His grout lines act as drawing lines, bringing his imagery to life. The glass shards are not flat, but rather are convex and concave pieces. This allows for a study of the surface topography of the mosaic.
Mandell’s fine art mosaics can be seen at well-known institutions such as museums and foundations. His work is on permanent display at the National Constitution Center, The National Liberty Museum, The University of Pennsylvania, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the McGraw Hill Company in New York, Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, among other sites throughout the United States. His latest public project is a 10 ft. x 6 ft. mosaic created for the main entranceway of the new Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, detailing its illustrious history.
In addition to Mandell’s studio practice, he also teaches at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts. His mosaics have been featured in The Bel Aire Hotel Magazine, Glass Art Magazine, and The Penn Gazette.