This work is made by overlaying two prints—one made with white ink on black paper, the other made with black ink on white paper—in the style of the Japanese tsugigami craft tradition. The tiger serves as a reference to both the interconnections between cultural iconographies, as well as the artist's personal history.
Framed: 32.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 in.

① Artwork:

Tsugigami Tiger

This work—part of the artist's The Tsugigami Tiger series—is made using the Japanese tsugigami craft tradition, which is similar to collage. This piece is made by overlaying two prints. One is made with white ink on black paper, while the other is made with black ink on white paper. Additional torn and cut elements are then carefully glued atop the first two sheets. The multiple layers create the perception that the tiger is emerging from a fog. Like other works from the artist, this painting contains elements that reference both global art history and various interconnected cultural iconographies. The tiger serves as the central motif of this work and is suggestive of a range of art historic and craft traditions. But it also serves as a personal reference for the artist.

This work was created for Kour Pour: Familiar Spirits, the artist’s debut solo exhibition with Kavi Gupta. The show was conceived around the idea of family—both the families we are born with and also the families we construct as our personal histories unfold. Pour explains how the tiger became a personal reference to his concept of family: “These tiger paintings originate from one of my best friends Phil, who is Korean and grew up in Chile. He became a tattoo artist. He has a big Korean tiger tattoo on his belly . . . We met in art school and immediately connected as the eldest siblings of our immigrant families. Although we have different cultural backgrounds, we found that we shared many similar experiences moving to the US and developed a kinship.” Familiar, yet startlingly fresh, this work hints at a shared world of similar stories and different backgrounds, where personal histories are fostered by the families we create.


20 inches
28 inches
with frame
24 inches
32 inches
1.5 inches
32 inches

③ Artist:

Kour Pour

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.

Kour Pour:
Tsugigami Tiger, 2021
Block printing ink and collage on paper
28.0 × 20.0 inches /