Working bi-coastally in Seattle and New York, Deborah Kapoor is an artist who creates dimensional, haptic works about the distilled poetry within cultural markers. She translates perceptual details of physical experience, examining the landscape of the body, sensual themes of the feminine, and embodiment of phenomena.

Kapoor’s interest in encaustic is heightened by the flexibility of the medium, pushing or stretching convention to incorporate dimensionality using soft, natural materials such as fibers, threads, and cloth intentionally to reify the sensuous and the corporal.

She 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 university and commercial galleries.

Her works have been published in numerous formats, and is featured on the cover of Encaustic Arts Magazine for the Spring 2019 issue. She is also in magazines Fiber Art Now (2016), Surface Design Journal (Winter 2015/2016 issue) and books Encaustic in the Twenty-First Century (Ashley Rooney 2016), Experience Painting (high school art textbook by John Howell White, 2015), Authentic Visual Voices (Catherine Nash, 2013), The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy (Holly Cohen Roochvarg & Christopher Calderhead 2012), Paper + Wax, Techniques for Combining Handmade Paper with Encaustic Paint (Michelle Belto 2012), and Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility (Daniella Woolf, 2010). 

Recent curatorial efforts include Tenacious, a show about perseverance at Suzanne Zahr Gallery, Navigate at the Tashiro Kaplan Building about how six artists negotiate paths, and Intersections: natural, intuitive, intentional at Blakely Hall — about the crossover between nature and culture. In book form, she is now co-authoring a book with Stephany Rimland, Professor of Art History, Harper College on using encaustic dimensionally, with a publishing date of 2020.

Kapoor is a rep for R&F Handmade Encaustic & Paintsticks, and has taught at Bainbridge Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Bellevue College, Columbia College, College of DuPage (Outstanding Faculty Award), Harper College, and is looking forward to teaching at South Seattle College in the fall of 2019. She earned an MFA at the University of Delaware, and her BFA at the University of North Texas. You can see more of her work at ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle.