“I See My Art As The Juncture of Painting, Sculpture and Drawing”
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. http://www.jonathanmandell.com/art.html
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.
Silverman Gallery Exhibitions
Winter 2016 – Home for the Holidays: Silverman Gallery artists group exhibition
Spring 2015 – Bucks County Connections: Jim Rodgers & Jonathan Mandell
A special guest exhibition by Pennsylvania Impressionist oil painter, Jim Rodgers and glass and tile mosaic artist, Jonathan Mandell. This was the first gallery exhibition for either Rodgers or Mandell in Bucks County, although both have long ties to the region. Both were added to the gallery’s core group of artists later that same year.
Collections & Installations
In 2017, Jonathan completed and installed mosaics at the entrances to both the Philadelphia Family Court and Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Healthy Brain and Memory Center.
The Philadelphia Phillies commissioned Jonathan to create two mosaic panels for the April 2004 Grand Opening of Citizens Bank Park – one was an 8 x 6ft portrait of the ballpark and the other, a 6 x 4 ft portrait of Jim Thome.
His art can also be seen on permanent display at the:
• Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA
• McGraw Hill Company in New York
• Delaware Valley University, Bucks County
• National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
• National Liberty Center, Philadelphia
• University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
• Alfred I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, Delaware
• Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie