Jesus Art Project Rises on Kickstarter

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Artist creates Kickstarter campaign video to help print his modern image of Jesus on t-shirts.

Have you ever seen an image of a happy Jesus?

Artist Jay Bernard has created a modern image of Jesus, officially unveiled through the Kickstarter campaign “Jesus Art Project.” The campaign seeks funding to help print t-shirts and stickers of the image. See

The idea was born one Christmas morning as family and friends gathered at the home of Jay’s friend and partner, writer, Ernie Contreras. As Ernie tells it, “It had been a tough year and I knew a tougher one was ahead, but I clearly remember the Christmas tree, the smell of turkey in the oven, and the sound of kids running through the house shrieking with laughter. I smiled at my wife, she smiled at a friend and smiles spread all around the room. It was an incredible feeling.”

It was then Ernie began to notice the iconic images of Jesus around the house, images he had grown up with and held in deep reverence. They all, to a fault, invoked pain, anguish and immeasurable suffering. No way would Ernie ever question the power or importance of these images, but what hit him was, why they were the only images.

At the table Ernie posed the question, had anyone ever seen an image of Jesus smiling? The answer was a collective, no.

Thus began Ernie’s mission to realize that image. After years of searching, he met artist-designer Jay Bernard, “One of the coolest, most creative people around.” Ernie pitched the idea to Jay who ‘got it’ immediately. Jay took the creative challenge and designed the image and the Kickstarter campaign video.

Backers of this Kickstarter campaign will be rewarded with first-edition Bernard-designed t-shirts and stickers.

Artist-designer Jay Bernard works with his creative partner Ernie Contreras, in Los Angeles. His creative work spans corporate Art & Design, Photography & Video and creative Social Media. See

Ernie Contreras is a veteran screenwriter with multiple credits in features, cable and broadcast. He also teaches through UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program and consults privately. (

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