Meet Polyglot Painter Kour Pour

meet an artist mondayArtist Kour Pour’s foundational supply fabrics — particularly Persian carpets, medieval Islamic manuscripts, and English gardens — reference no longer handiest his non-public historical past, however better currents of intercultural verbal exchange and revel in. British and Iranian through heritage, now a newly minted U.S. citizen, Pour is engaged in the way in which language carries components of identification that encode themselves in visible traditions, and are perennially knowledgeable through circumstance. His art work and combined media works incessantly evoke the dimensions and texture of the Persian textiles he knew neatly from time in his father’s carpet store, however just like masterpieces of that style, they comprise fragmented narratives, richly symbolic motifs, creative palettes, and endearing indicators of wear and tear and misery — and its makeshift, hand-crafted upkeep — over the years. His drawing close exhibition in London can be his first in his nation of delivery, that includes new works made within the nation he has come to name house.

Kour Pour: House is The place I Lay My Rug, 2021-2022. Acrylic on canvas over panel, 96 x 72 inches

What’s your quick resolution to those that ask what your paintings is ready?

It’s about my revel in of dwelling between cultures and the way I need to make room for myself and others who’ve shared immigrant and mixed-race tales. It’s about connecting with other folks and finding our intertwined histories. And infrequently it’s about creating a portray or an object for the natural excitement, meditation, and freedom of doing so.


Did you pass to artwork college? Why/Why no longer?

Sure, I did pass to artwork college — it felt like the trail I had to take on the time. I transferred from Santa Monica School to Otis School of Artwork and Design. The group side is one thing that I loved and pass over, and I had a couple of very supportive professors that I’m thankful for. It was once most commonly a good revel in however I don’t imagine that artwork college prepares you for the artwork global.

Kour Pour: Tiger in Pop Land, 2022. Block printing ink, acrylic and oil on canvas, 94 x 65 inches

Why do you are living and paintings in L.A., and no longer in other places?

L.A. has turn out to be a house for me. I studied artwork in L.A. and become an artist right here. I like consuming at eating places and buying groceries at markets within the immigrant neighborhoods of town. LAX–C, which is sort of a Costco for Thai meals, is one in every of my favorites to talk over with. The longer I are living right here, the extra I understand how a lot town is hooked up to my paintings.


When was once your first display?

My first solo display was once in 2014 at Untitled in New York. It was once a wild and particular time.


When is/was once your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or challenge?

I latterly had exhibitions at Kavi Gupta in Chicago and Shrine/Sargent’s Daughters in New York. My subsequent display is in London, opening March 24 at Gallery 1957, which can be my first exhibition in the United Kingdom. I’ve spent 17 years of my lifestyles in the United Kingdom and now 17 years in the US, so the timing aligns neatly with my affinity for numbers.

Kour Pour: Dreaming of a Lawn, 2022. Block printing ink and acrylic on canvas over panel, 96 x 86 inches

What artist dwelling or useless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?

I’m in reality running in opposition to opening an exhibition area at my studio complicated in Inglewood and I’m having a look ahead to running with many artists that I like. Extra in this quickly.


Do you concentrate to track whilst you paintings? If that is so what?

My lately performed artists record reads MIA, Riz Ahmed, Sons of Kemet, Googoosh, George Harrison, and Kendrick Lamar.


Website online and social media handles, please!

IG: @kourpour

Kour Pour: Prowling Surrealist Landscapes, 2022. Block printing ink, acrylic and oil on canvas, 43 x 32 inches

Updated: March 14, 2022 — 3:33 pm