|Boolarra Anaar 125 x95cm, acrylic on canvas 2011|
Abbas Mehran a painter/print maker originally from Iran, migrated to the US then to Australia, first settling in Adelaide and recently moving to Boolarra in Gippsland.
Abbas Mehran’s paintings reflect his life’s journey. For over 30 years, he has been working in the Iranian coffee house style of painting, which tells a story through artwork. He now combines this style with realism, Persian miniature style painting, and Persian carpet patterns imbued with his Australian contemporary life in a small town surrounded by the Australian bush.
In 2003 he received first prize (painting) in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize and in 2008 he was a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. During 2008 Abbas was invited to spend three months painting his project of peace, the environment, and children on the walls of caves in Dunhuang, China. In 2009 he was finalist for the Celeste International Art Prize in Berlin. Abbas was invited to exhibit as part of the 2009/2010 Animamix Biennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei.
Refreshments at the Artists Bar. Exhibition runs 16 September to 31 October 2011