Pouran Jinchi is an Iranian-born, New York-based artist whose practice is an investigation of language and its various forms. She finds the relation between words and forms, natural or non-objective, deeply intertwined. Initially borrowing from her home culture's traditions, Pouran’s most recent work reflects an increasing focus on more unconventional methods of communication, such as codes and symbols.
Pouran’s work often employs a mixture of calligraphy and abstract expressionism that intertwines Islamic geometry, Iranian traditions and contemporary aesthetics, with a unique lyricism. Pouran's early paintings were large scale and heavily layered abstractions, whose flowing lines of saturated color and rolling waves of calligraphy brought to life the form as well as the content of the text to which she was responding. With successive series, Pouran narrowed her focus to single words, repeated over and over to create the very object they signified, or aesthetics distilled from a single letter, emphasizing the building block of language and thought.
She has held several solo exhibitions, most recently in New York, Dubai and Japan. These include Black and Blue, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA (2015); The Blind Owl, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2013); Dawn, Noon and Night, Art Projects International, New York (2012); Entropy, Leila Heller Gallery, New York (2010) and Ritual Imprint, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2010). Her work has also been included in group exhibitions such as The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); Deceptively Simple, Art Project International Gallery, New York, USA (2015); Accented, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE (2015); Artist in Exile: Creativity, Activism and the Diasporic Experience, Dr. M. T Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St John’s University, Queens, NY, USA (2014); Persepolis: Word and Image, The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA (2014); Calligraffiti: 1984/2013, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA (2013); NewBlue and White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013); Phantoms of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012); Light of the Sufi: Mystical Arts of Islam, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2010).
Pouran’s works are represented in prominent public and private collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Pratt Institute, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Federal Reserve Bank, NY; The Farjam Foundation, Dubai, and several major and international corporate collections.