Mehrdad Tahan artist


Mehrdad is a self- educated artist who has studied and practiced traditional techniques for over 40 years. Of the multitude of styles, it is Impressionism which has captivated him the most and had the strongest influence on his continuously evolving artwork. His subjects are diverse, but he primarily focuses on portraiture and landscapes, with oil and charcoal being his preferred mediums. His work has been widely exhibited, both domestically and abroad and has won several awards. In 2016 his work was selected for Imago Mundi (Luciano Benetton Collection – Italy).

Mehrdad has been featured in various publications, including the ‘Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists’; as a featured artist in ‘The Best of Worldwide Artists Working in Charcoal, Pastel and Pencils’ (by Kennedy Publishing USA 2006), Australian Artist Magazine & NZ Artist Magazine. He has also been featured in the Press. In 2019 he has been nominated by the NZ Academy of Fine Arts committee, as one of their Elected Artist.

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

Awards & Exhibitions

2019- Runner up, Wanaka Art Society
2019- First Place- Edinburgh Realty Premier Art award-Otago art Society- Dunedin
2019- Ashburton arts Society- Gordon Harris Award
2019- Elected Artist( Honour) – for the NZ Academy of Fine Arts – Wellington
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 academy of fine art- Wellington
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 Canady Art award- 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 Canady Art Award- Whakatane
2010- Merit Award- Malvern Community arts Council, annual exhibition.
2010- Merit Award-Molly Morpeth Canady Art Award-Whakatane
2009- Premier Award – Malvern Community Arts Council,annual exhibition
2009- Art2diefor Award (sponsored 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, Christchurch
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)