Pouran Jinchi

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Pouran Jinchi is a New York-based artist of Iranian origin.[1]

Pouran Jinchi borrows from her home culture's traditions of literature and calligraphy to pursue her own aesthetic investigations.[2] Trained as a calligrapher in Mashad, Iran, Jinchi received a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, George Washington University, Washington, DC (1982) before studying Sculpture and Painting, University of California, Los Angeles, California (1989) and Studio Painting, The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY (1993).[3]

Jinchi’s work often employs a mixture of calligraphy and abstract expressionism that intertwines Islamic geometry, Iranian traditions and contemporary aesthetics, with a unique lyricism.[4] Her early Poetry paintings are both abstract and literal presentations of poems in which texts are morphed beyond recognition into flowing, anthropomorphic shapes. Having been trained in calligraphy, she finds the relation between words and forms, natural or non-objective, deeply intertwined. Jinchi’s recent work reflects an increasingly detailed focus on the form of language as subject matter.[2]

Jinchi has exhibited extensively and has had eight solo exhibitions in New York alone.[5] Recent exhibitions include a two-person show at Frieze Art Fair, London (2011) and solo exhibitions at Art Projects International, New York (2012),[6] The Third Line, Dubai (2010), the Leila Heller Gallery, New York (2011),[7] and the Vilcek Foundation,[8] New York (2008). Her work has also been exhibited at the Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brooklyn Museum and the Queens Museum of Art. Jinchi was included in Iran Inside Out[9] at the Chelsea Art Museum (2009)[10] and most recently in New Blue and White at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (2013).[11]

Her work is represented in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY;[12] Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY; Farjam Collection, Dubai; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Federal Reserve Bank, NY; and several major corporate collections.[13]


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