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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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Kour Pour

b. 1987, United Kingdom

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.

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
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Featured Artworks

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Triple Samurai (Yoshitoshi) by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourTriple Samurai (Yoshitoshi), 2018 Block printing ink on canvas
148.59 x 121.92 cm
THE CLUB
Shifting Landscape (Hiroshige) by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourShifting Landscape (Hiroshige), 2019 Block printing ink on canvas
83.82 x 137.16 cm
THE CLUB
Tokyo Map 2 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourTokyo Map 2, 2019 Block printing ink on canvas
99 x 78.7 cm
THE CLUB
Tokyo Map 1 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourTokyo Map 1, 2019 Block printing ink on canvas
99 x 78.7 cm
THE CLUB
Japanese Landscape 2 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourJapanese Landscape 2, 2018 Twelve-colour reductive woodblock print on cotton rag paper
76.2 x 55.88 cm
THE CLUB
Geometric Painting 6 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourGeometric Painting 6, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
30 x 25 inches
Pearl Lam Galleries
Geometric Painting 1 by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourGeometric Painting 1, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
76 x 64 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
The Age of Discovery by Kour Pour contemporary artwork Kour PourThe Age of Discovery, 2017 Acrylic on canvas over panel
165 x 135 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Su Dong Ping, Kour Pour, Two Solo Exhibitions at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
Closed
19 January–16 March 2018 Su Dong Ping, Kour Pour Two Solo Exhibitions Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Labyrinth(s) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
Closed
14 July–13 September 2016 Group Exhibition Labyrinth(s) Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong

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

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 Die Welt am Sonntag : 25 January 2015

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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