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Mehran’s paintings are inspired by the Persian culture. They are colourful, life-inspiring, and reflect his diverse life and cultural experiences.
Abbas Mehran had been painting for more than twenty years as a hobby, before deciding to move to the arts. At the time, he was working as an auditor in a bank in Miami Florida. First, Mehran took a painting course at the Florida International University, then he moved to Australia, where he studied and graduated as a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honour) at the University of South Australia.
From 1993 until 2014, Abbas was intensely involved in the study, research and creation of many culturally and aesthetically rich paintings, prints and murals, exhibiting widely in Australia and abroad. He has won many awards and prizes, including first painting prize at Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in 2003. Mehran took twice residency in Sunrise Cambodia to teach children drawing and painting, and painted a large mural around the music building, involving the children in the process of the mural painting. He was invited to travel for three months to paint his project of children, peace and environment in the walls of a cave in Dunhuang China.
In April 2014 his daughter Marsha Mehran , an international best seller author of Pomegranate Soup died in Ireland, and in July 2018, his son Sam Mehran, a gifted musician and songwriter died in Los Angeles. These tragedies have enormously affected Mehran and have changed his life drastically. During this long period of mourning and reflecting, Abbas got involved in designing and developing websites for his late children, reading his favourite classical and contemporary novels and writing his debut novel – a story of her daughter’s determination in writing her dream book. Writing has always been Mehran’s passion; however, he had decided to keep creating artwork for himself, leaving writing for his daughter and music for his son. After Marsha’s death, the visual arts no more fulfilled his creative passion. He began writing. Now he is working on his first novel.