Studio Stories: Kour Pour

March 5th, 2021
  • On Friday, March 5, Kour Pour joined us on Instagram Live for Studio Stories. The artist provided a behind-the-scenes look...
    Kour Pour in his LA studio, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

    On Friday, March 5, Kour Pour joined us on Instagram Live for Studio Stories. The artist provided a behind-the-scenes look at his LA studio and discussed works slated for his inaugural solo exhibition opening at Kavi Gupta | Washington Blvd. on April 3.

    New to the Kavi Gupta community of artists, the British-Iranian artist is known for meticulously composed and delicately rendered artworks that intersect diverse material and aesthetic traditions, allowing for a remapping of the standard understanding of “Eastern/Western” cultural exchange.

    Pour (b. 1987, UK) was born in Exeter, England. His father owned a small carpet shop, and Pour would spend time there as a child. He also often traveled to Los Angeles to visit family on his father’s side, and he ultimately attended Otis College of Art and Design (BFA 2010). In Los Angeles, he was exposed to hip-hop and became interested in the idea of sampling as it is practiced in music production, and how he might apply a similar practice in his artwork.

    Appropriating forms and techniques from numerous cultures and time periods, Pour’s truly global vision weaves together representational imagery, abstract patterning, and ornamental elements to create new hybrid artworks—equally ancient, classical, and contemporary—a constellation of influences from Iran, Britain, Egypt, India, and China, among others.

    Primarily working with painting and printmaking, Pour’s works encompass diverse subject matter and culturally specific references, ranging from Persian carpets to ukiyo-e prints, and Western abstraction to Eastern landscape painting. These references are used as starting points for his paintings, in which a source image is often cropped, abstracted, or adjusted in palette to create vivid, intricate, and layered painting surfaces. Kour’s synthesis of image and process often connects different art histories in an attempt to highlight the cultural exchanges that lead to artistic innovation and disrupt the notion of singular originality.

    • Kour Pour TBT, 2020 Block printing ink, and oil on canvas 43 x 36 x 1 1/2 in 109.2 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
      Kour Pour
      TBT, 2020
      Block printing ink, and oil on canvas
      43 x 36 x 1 1/2 in
      109.2 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
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    • Kour Pour TBT, 2020 Block printing ink and collage on paper 30 x 22 x 1 in 76.2 x 55.9 x 2.5 cm
      Kour Pour
      TBT, 2020
      Block printing ink and collage on paper
      30 x 22 x 1 in
      76.2 x 55.9 x 2.5 cm
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