Monday, March 9, 2009

Facebook Profile Pictures Inspire Artist

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Your Facebook profile picture may catch the eye of an artistic cyber celebrity.

Facebook users hoping to have an original portrait painted of themselves can now add the group “I’ll Have My Facebook Portrait Painted By Matt Held” to get artist Matt Held to immortalize them on canvas.

Held, a stay-at-home dad in Brooklyn, New York, goes through the list of group members, picks a “quirky” profile picture, and then turns it into a painted masterpiece.

Since starting the project, he’s become a Facebook celebrity, but it’s not necessarily a good thing.

He explains, “I can’t be online anymore because as soon as I go on Facebook, people are like ‘Paint me! Paint me!’ Everyday people bombard me with messages asking me to paint them. It’s a little crazy to have people following me.”

Though his newfound popularity is “strange and bizarre” for him, Held is more than happy to “take it all in.”

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