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b. 1987, United Kingdom

Kour Pour Biography

Kour Pour is a British-Iranian artist known for large-scale paintings inspired by Persian tapestry. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2010 and is currently based in Los Angeles.

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Created through a laborious process, Pour's meticulously detailed carpet paintings often take months to complete. For each work, the artist researches the image of a particular rug from exhibition and auction catalogues. He then silkscreens the image onto a canvas that has been primed with multiple layers of gesso. By using a broomstick to apply the gesso, the warp and weft of woven rugs are recreated. Pour then hand-paints the details of each composition with acrylics in much more vibrant hues. After months of this preparatory work, he erases parts of the image with a circular sander and subsequently repaints these obliterated areas to produce the finished piece.

In the carpet painting series, image and motifs associated with the human history of cultural exchange are sourced from the internet and re-contextualised on canvas. In Thank you, Enjoy! (2017), the composition is imbued with visual elements alluding to the history of Chinese foreign trade; these elements include Chinese porcelain, dragons, Buddha, Empress Dowager Cixi, scholar's rocks, qilin, a portrait of Mao, skeletons, cattle and Silk Road nomads. Devoid of predesigned narrative, the work seeks to transport the viewer to a flattened time and space where past, present and future coexist.

Since 2016, Pour has begun a new body of works inspired by Japonisme—the influence of Japanese art and aesthetics on Western culture. These new paintings—composed of big blocks of colour and a mix of both geometric and more amorphous forms—represent his continuous exploration of cross-cultural connections and displacement.

Pour was featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2015 and 2017. In 2015, his solo exhibition entitled Samsara was presented at Depart Foundation in Los Angeles.

Sophia Bingqin Cao | Ocula | 2018

Exhibition view: Kour Pour, Familiar Spirits, Kavi Gupta, Washington Blvd, 2nd Floor, Chicago (3 April–27 June 2021). Courtesy Kavi Gupta. 

Kour Pour Featured Artworks

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Little Brother by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourLittle Brother, 2021Block printing ink on paper
254 x 149.9 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Big Brother by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourBig Brother, 2021Block printing ink and collage on paper
254 x 149.9 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Modernism is Cute by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourModernism is Cute, 2020Block printed on canvas using acrylic and oil
109.2 x 66 x 3.8 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Hyeong by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourHyeong, 2020Block printed on canvas using acrylic and oil
109.2 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Geometric Painting 6 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourGeometric Painting 6, 2017Acrylic on canvas over panel
30 x 25 inches
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Geometric Painting 1 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourGeometric Painting 1, 2017Acrylic on canvas over panel
76 x 64 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
The Age of Discovery by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourThe Age of Discovery, 2017Acrylic on canvas over panel
165 x 135 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Thank you, Enjoy! by Kour Pour contemporary artwork
Kour PourThank you, Enjoy!, 2017Acrylic on canvas over panel
165.1 x 134.62 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

Kour Pour Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Kour Pour, Familiar Spirits at Kavi Gupta, Washington Blvd, Chicago
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3 April–27 June 2021 Kour Pour Familiar Spirits Kavi GuptaWashington Blvd, Chicago
Contemporary art exhibition, Kour Pour, Returnee at The Club, Tokyo
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6 April–12 June 2019 Kour Pour Returnee The ClubTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Su Dong Ping, Kour Pour, Two Solo Exhibitions at Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
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19 January–16 March 2018 Su Dong Ping, Kour Pour Two Solo Exhibitions Pearl Lam GalleriesPedder Street, Hong Kong

Kour Pour Represented By

Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA Kavi Gupta Chicago
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai
The Club contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan The Club Tokyo

Kour Pour In Related Press

Kour Pour’s First Solo Exhibition Opens Related Press Kour Pour’s First Solo Exhibition Opens 17 September 2015, Architectural Digest

Growing up in southwestern England, Kour Pour got an early education in textiles from his Iranian-born father, who owned a carpet shop during the late 1980s. 'They were always around,' says the artist, who has incorporated his intimacy with woven materials into his own work. Pour, now based in Los Angeles, made the first of his paintings of...

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Interview: Kour Pour Related Press Interview: Kour Pour 25 January 2015, Die Welt am Sonntag

The 27 year-old artist Kour Pour has became known for his elaborated carpet paintings that play with familiar symbols of different cultures and universal concepts of beauty. In his studio in Los Angeles Pour talks about his art, the cultural context of his works but also about his attitude towards the art market, which has become an indivisible...

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