A US-based artist has courted controversy by creating a portrait of the late soul singer Amy Winehouse using painkiller pills. Jason Mecier has captured the tragic star in a poignant pose depicted by colourful medications, as part of a series of mosaics inspired by celebrities who battled drug abuse. Rehab-star Winehouse died at the end of last month, bringing to an end her well publicised battle with crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol. Mr Mecier has crafted Winehouses 17in x 21in portrait using 5,000 multicoloured tablets, a not-too-subtle commentary on the weaknesses that led to her downfall and untimely death. It captures the stars trademark beehive hairstyle, eccentric eye-shadow and signature mole. Winehouse appears alongside tragic figures Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger, while reforming addicts Courtney Love and Kelly Osbourne also feature in the series. Mr Mecier had previouly made waves in the art world with his mosaic portraits of famous figures comprising rubbish collected or donated from their homes. His portrait of Lady GaGa was from her 2009 Hello Kitty shoot but Meciers interpretation shows her rubbish face against a back drop of green circuit boards and a kermit the frog doll head. Daily Mail