Tree Of Life, 2013 | acrylic on canvas over panel | Kour Pour
Dragons & Genies, 2012-2013 | acrylic on canvas over panel | Kour Pour
I am so intrigued by these exquisite paintings created by Los Angeles-based artist, Kour Pour. Currently on view at Untitled gallery in lower Manhattan – they are mesmerizingly soulful and wisely complex in their laborious layers.
Kour Pour installation at Untitled | 30 Orchard Street, NYC
Never Ending Story, 2013 | acrylic on canvas over panel | Kour Pour
In an era where the preservation of artisan skills appears to be tenuous and fragile, these (referential) paintings do not strip away reverence for the original artifacts, but rather highlight how precious and vital such pieces are in our cultural landscape and the psyche overall.
The auction catalogue applies the high gloss, not the artist looking to resurrect what might have been lost or forgotten.
"Pour uses a circular sander to erase areas of the paintings. He then returns to them in order to repaint what has been lost, wherever possible. In the resulting paintings, he has obliterated parts of the narrative while highlighting others, as if editing the history he has endeavored to tell." – Untitled | press release