Babelgum Presents: Facebook Portraits by Matt Held

“Everyone has a story. Everyone deserves to be painted.” That’s Matt Held, the Brooklyn-based artist behind a recent series of portraits based on Facebook profile pictures. The idea was born in November 2008 after Held — who had been struggling to get the skin tone right in his work — decided to use his wife’s profile pic for some practice. From there, things took off, and now the “I’ll have my portrait painted by Matt Held” Facebook group is over 10,000 members strong. Check out a profile of Held from our friends at Babelgum, along with some of his recent work, after the jump.