The symbols in Iranian artist Shahpour Pouyan’s work are universal.

These monuments to power and wealth relate directly to his Persian homeland and heritage, but are also pulled from civilizations all over the world. The artist, who holds an MFA in Integrated Practices and New Forms from the Pratt Institute, works across mediums from painting to armor making, to create historically rich and conceptually-driven pieces. Often following the parallels between seemingly disparate cultures, Pouyan finds connections between historic and contemporary cultures, illuminating the ways in which we are similar.

Pouyan’s intricate and careful ceramics exhibited at his Dubai gallery Lawrie Shabibi take the peaks of domes from around Islamic lands and other civilizations around the world, and presents them as evidence of our ubiquitous obsessions with power and stature.

 

Shahpour Pouyan. After 'Anushirvan, His Ministers and Buzurgmihr in Conversation'. 2016. Mixed Media on Japanese Rice paper. 25 x 17 cm. Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist.

Shahpour Pouyan. After 'Siahvosh & Afrasiyab in the Hunting Ground'. 2016. Mixed Media on Japanese Rice paper. 45.5 x 31.2 cm. Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist.

Shahpour Pouyan. Still Life. 2014. Glazed ceramic and acrylic. Variable dimensions. Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist. Photography by Kitmin Lee.

Shahpour Pouyan. Untitled. 2017. Glazed stoneware ceramic. 21 x 22 cm. Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist.

Shahpour Pouyan

Shahpour Pouyan. Untitled. 2017. Glazed stoneware ceramic. 22 x 21 cm. Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist.

Shahpour Pouyan. Untitled. 2017. Glazed stoneware ceramic. 24.5 x 15 cm. Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist.

Shahpour Pouyan. Memory Drawings. 2015-16. Set of 39 drawings. Mixed media on paper. 30.4 x 23 cm (each). Courtesy Lawrie Shabibi and the artist.

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