One of Kour Pour’s earliest memories is playing on a Persian carpet in his childhood home in Exeter, England. Later, at Otis College of Art and Design, Pour, 26, began making hyperrealistic paintings of carpets that he found in catalogs. “They started from a personal place,” says Pour, who is British-Iranian and lives in Los Angeles. “But they’ve grown into something else.” His first New York solo exhibition, a suite of seven intricately detailed eight-foot-tall canvases, at Untitled gallery earlier this year, sold out before the show even opened. The sudden market demand, Pour says, only plays into the themes in his work. “The narratives depicted in these carpets are often about commerce on the Silk Road,” he explains. Pour plans to start creating his own carpet designs for upcoming shows at Ellis King gallery in Dublin this fall and the Mistake Room in Los Angeles in 2015. His source material? The Internet—though he won’t search for anything made after the Victorian era. “The images are old, ancient even. But the way they’re all gathered from different places speaks to our world today.”
All Over the Map
“There’s a little control—but a lot of chance.” Read more about Israel Lund here. Photograph by Amanda Hakan.
“Jokes and laughter are a way of opening up your subconscious.” Read more about Tala Madani here. Portrait by Adam Laycock.
“I have really intense attachments to every single thing in the work.” Read more about Samara Golden here. Courtesy of the artist.
“I think of my work as paintings, but I have no problem with people calling them sculptures.” Read more about Justin Adian here. Photograph by James McKee.
“The images are old, ancient even. But the way they’re all gathered from different places speaks to our world today.” Read more about Kour Pour here. Photograph by Stephanie “Elle” Quintana.
“People think Brazilians are happy all the time, but there’s a lot of sadness here.” Read more about Adriano Costa here. Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo
“I will never be the kind of artist who does one thing.” Read more about Jean-Baptiste Bernadet here. Photograph by Amanda Hakan.