|Tehran painting exhibit highlights female Iranian celebs||
Entitled “Iran Lady”, a collection of 16 paintings by Mahyar Charmchi has been put on display at the exhibition, which opened on Wednesday.
The paintings display figures such as filmmaker Puran Derakhshandeh, stage director Manijeh Mahamedi, actresses Niki Karimi, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Laleh Eskandari, poet Simin Behbahani and singer Simin Ghanem.
“The idea to hold such an exhibit entered my mind several years ago when I held an exhibition of paintings featuring male Iranian celebrities,” Charmchi told the Persian service of ISNA on Friday.
“This time, I decided to paint the influential female artists of my country,” she added.
“I first took photos of each artist in my personal atelier, and afterwards painted the portraits. All the photos were exclusively taken for this exhibit,” she said.
She added, “I used my personal interest in choosing the subjects, however their social status was of high importance for me”.
The exhibit will be running until October 18.
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