Kour Pour creates paintings and prints that explore forms and techniques from numerous cultures and time periods. His work encompasses diverse subject matter and culturally specific references—ranging from Persian carpets to ukiyo-e prints; and from Western abstraction to Eastern landscape painting. Pour’s global vision weaves together representational imagery, abstract patterning and ornamental elements to create new, hybrid artworks.
Kour Pour was born in 1987 and raised in Devon, UK. His father was born in Iran and immigrated to England at age 14 during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Pour’s mother was born in the UK and was raised in the British foster care system. Informed by his upbringing, Pour’s work is conceptually and aesthetically grounded in fostering cultural exchange.
Pour received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.
Exhibitions of Pour’s work include: Kour Pour: Familiar Spirits at Kavi Gupta in Chicago, Illinois; Decoration Never Dies, Anyway at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum in Tokyo, Japan; The Go Between at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy; and Returnee at The Club in Tokyo, Japan.
Pour’s work has been reviewed in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail, Architectural Digest, Art in America, W Magazine and Art Das Kunstmagazin.
Pour currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He became an American citizen in 2021.