MEHRDAD TAHAN
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Mehrdad, is a self-taught, award winning artist, living in Christchurch, New Zealand.
His passion towards painting flourished from an young age and he has been painting and teaching full time for 35 years.

He has practiced the traditional techniques over the years with impressionism having had the strongest influence on his developing style. His focus is mainly on portraiture, landscape and still life, in both oils and charcoals. His works are widely exhibited and has won several awards.
He has been the finalist in prestigious exhibitions, such as Adam Portraiture award, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art award, Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award (Christchurch Art Gallery- Te Puna o Waiwhetu), Anthony Harper Award (COCA) and International Artist Award, UAE.

Mehrdad's biography is included in the Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artist and he was a featured artist in the Best of Worldwide Artists working in charcoal, pastel and pencils (by Kennedy Publishing USA 2006). He was also invited by the Australian Artist Magazine to have an article about the process in portrait painting in 2007 as well as featuring in the NZ Artist Magazine 2014.

His works are presented in private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

Mehrdad works on commissions and on holding regular drawing and painting classes in Christchurch as well as conducting art workshops throughout Canterbury.





 Awards & Exhibitions


2017-Water&Nature Award, Ashburton Society of Arts
2017-Edinburgh Merit award- Otago Art Society   
2017- Cleveland Art Award- Otago Art Society
2017- Aspiring art prize- Wanaka
2016- Best contemporary art Award- The Queenstown Arts Centre 
2016- Solo 41, NZ Academy of Fine Arts - Wellington
2016- A spring in my step( group show) NZ accademy of fine art- Wellinton
2016- Finalist for the best of International artist award publication- UAE
2013- 2nd place - 16th Biennial North Otago Art Society exhibition
2013- Premier Award- Nut Point Art Centre- Annual exhibition- Selwyn NZ
2013- Third prize- Nut Point Art Centre - annual exhibition - Selwyn NZ
2012- People's Choice award, Ashburton Society of Arts 48th annual exhibition
2012- Finalist in Molly Morpeth Canaday Art awrad-Whakatane
2012- Best Landscape award, Aspiring Art Prize, Wanaka
2011-Finalist in Central Otago art exhibition-Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery
2011- Finalist in Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award-Whakatane
2010- Merit Award- Malvern Community arts Council ,annual exhibition.
2010- Merit Award-Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award-Whakatane
2009- Premier Award - Malvern Community Arts Council, annual exhibition
2009- Art2diefor Award(sponsord by the Bryce Gallery),Ashburton Society of Arts,45th Annual exhibition.
2008- Ashburton Licensing Trust Premier Award, Ashburton Society of Arts, 44th Annual exhibition
2008- People's Choice Award, Ashburton Society of Arts, 44th Annual exhibition
2007- Award of Excellence, Malvern Community Arts Council
2006- Finalist in Adam portraiture Award, NZ Portrait Gallery-Wellington
2004- Finalist in Anthony Harper Award,Centre Of Contemporary Art,CoCA,Christhurch
2004- Finalist in Adam Portraiture Award, NZ Portrait Gallery-Wellington
2003- Finalist in Cranleigh Barton Award, The Christchurch Art Gallery
2002- Finalist in Adam Portraiture Award, NZ Portrait Gallery-Wellington
2001- Port Hills exhibition(arranged by the National Council of Women NZ-(Group show)
1999- Gallery Vallmon- Lund Sweden
1998- Collective Atelje' 2000- Malmo- Sweden
1997- Konst&Reklam, C.A. Anderson-Lund- Sweden
1996- ABF- Malmo- Sweden
1996- Svenska Konstgalleriet- Malmo- Sweden
1991- White Cliff Art gallery- Auckland ( group show)