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

Kour Pour Featured Artworks

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Tsugigami Tiger by Kour Pour contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Kour Pour Tsugigami Tiger, 2021 Block printing ink and collage on paper
81.3 x 61 x 3.8 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Little Brother by Kour Pour contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Kour Pour Little Brother, 2021 Block printing ink on paper
254 x 149.9 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Big Brother by Kour Pour contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Kour Pour Big Brother, 2021 Block 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 works on paper, print
Kour Pour Modernism is Cute, 2020 Block printed on canvas using acrylic and oil
109.2 x 66 x 3.8 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Geometric Painting 6 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork painting
Kour Pour Geometric Painting 6, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
30 x 25 inches
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Geometric Painting 1 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork painting
Kour Pour Geometric Painting 1, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
76 x 64 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
The Age of Discovery by Kour Pour contemporary artwork painting
Kour Pour The Age of Discovery, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
165 x 135 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Thank you, Enjoy! by Kour Pour contemporary artwork painting
Kour Pour Thank you, Enjoy!, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
165.1 x 134.62 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

Kour Pour Recent Exhibitions

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Kour Pour Represented By

Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA Kavi Gupta Chicago
The Club contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan The Club Tokyo

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