Deborah Kapoor is a Seattle-based artist who creates dimensional, haptic, mixed-media paintings, prints, sculpture and installations. In her work, Kapoor translates perceptual details of physical experience, examining the landscape of the body and sensual themes surrounding feminine embodiment.
Kapoor’s interest in encaustic is heightened by the flexibility of the medium, pushing or stretching convention to incorporate dimensionality and materials that support the content of each body of work. Frequently she uses soft, natural materials such as fibers, threads, and cloth intentionally to reify the sensuous and the corporal.
Kapoor has exhibited at M. David & Co. in Brooklyn, New York during Bushwick Open Studios, Tacoma Art Museum, Square Foot Art Basel Miami, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Trenton City Museum, the Crane Arts Center (Philadelphia), Kimball Art Center (Salt Lake City), Seattle City Hall, and in university and commercial galleries. Her work has been featured on the cover of Encaustic Art Magazine’s Spring 2019 issue, and published in the books Encaustic in the Twenty-First Century (Ashley Rooney 2016), Authentic Visual Voices (Catherine Nash, 2013), The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy (Holly Cohen Roochvarg & Christopher Calderhead 2012), and Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility (Daniella Woolf, 2010), among many others.
Kapoor teaches painting and drawing at South Seattle College and instructs in demos for R&F Handmade Encaustic & Paint sticks. She has taught at Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Bellevue College, Columbia College, College of DuPage (Outstanding Faculty Award), Harper College, Kirkland Arts Center, Schack Arts Center, FEAST, Daniel Smith and Artist & Craftsman, Lawton Elementary School, KapKa Cooperative School, and The Peddie School, to name a few. She earned her MFA at the University of Delaware, and BFA at the University of North Texas.