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Five Men Artists at Tehran's Mah Gallery

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


I know of a few women artists who have successfully banded together for exhibitions, such as Dena and Halghe (Circle).  But it was rather unusual to see a group exhibition of five male artists at the Mah Gallery.  They had published a very good booklet describing themselves and their work.


The artists at Mah gallery (from right to left): Ahmad Morshedloo,
Farshid Shiva, Ahmad
Aminnazar, Mehdi Ahmadi and Mohammad Rahimi



The artists were:


·      Ahmad Aminnazar, the veteran painter who had a very interesting solo exhibition at the Assar gallery a couple of months before.

·      Mehdi Ahmadi, a talented young artist whose work I was happy to come to know here.  

·      Ahmad Morshedloo whose work I have admired since I first became familiar with his talent at the Aria gallery a few years ago

·      Farshid Shiva whose still life paintings were quite captivating and interesting

·      Mohamad Rahimi whose work presented itself to me as deep and complicated



Ahmad Morshedloo


The beauty about the Mah gallery is that it is very spacious, and it is a great place to exhibit a group exhibition as there are wide walls to hang the works without interference to other works, and I must admit usually the curator at Mah is quite good and this time it was even better.


Ahmad Aminnazar

Mr. Aminnazar’s works are deep and give one a sense of nostalgia yet at the same time it feels thick and intense.  I like his use of red and orange to evoke a mixture of future heaven and hell combined.  My favourite work of his is the portrait of three men that I saw at his pervious exhibition in December which I show here for you along with a few samples from his work at the current show.


Farshid Shiva


Mr Morshedloo is a very talented and provocative artist.  In my opinion he is many steps ahead of his contemporaries and he has the potential to be one of the greatest modern Iranian painters.  Some great portraits were there but I was disappointed that some of the lovely works that I had seen at Mr. Morshedloo’s studio last year were not there, but I have included a couple for you to see why I think he is has such fantastic potential and my own photo of him at his studio.


Mohammad Rahimi


This particular exhibition was as diverse as it was interesting since the artists have such different styles.  Besides the artists whose work I knew previously, I came to know and enjoy the works of the other three artists, Mehdi Ahmadi, Farshid Shiva and Mohamad Rahimi.



Mehdi Ahmadi


I must admit I was disappointed when I found out that these artists had not formed a permanent group which I think would make presentation of their works very effective and rewarding to them, especially outside Iran, but more so to the audience at such exhibitions who would have had chance to see a good sample of different works from young Iranian artists.  I can only hope that they will do so.  In any case I wish them all the best and look forward to their next exhibitions.


I have a few sample of each artist’s work for you from this exhibition and others to draw your own opinion on their works


Ahmad Morshedloo's work

Ahmad Morshedloo's work


Ahmad Morshedloo's work

Ahmad Aminnazar's work

Ahmad Aminnazar's work


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