Mehran Heard’s work is so rich with detail, it invites you in for a deep exploration. He creates elaborate paintings, illustrations, comics and colorful murals all around Portland. “You're going to have to look at that work and move around it and discover things on your own. And once you come to that personal discovery, you kind of own it personally.” Mehran’s recent piece “Mothers” is featured in the Portland Art Museum exhibition Black Artists of Oregon.
For two decades Art Beat has traveled the state profiling hundreds of artists, offering a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process and fascinating insight into their work. Best of all, we hear the personal stories behind each one’s individual journey to their craft, learning what drives, inspires and ultimately shapes them as artists. Join us on Art Beat to meet Oregon’s extraordinary artists! Due to federal closed-captioning requirements, some of our stories are no longer available online. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.