ARTisSpectrum Vol.30, November 2013 - page 30-31

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C
hicago-born painter
Olivia Kapoor
knew she wanted to be an artist when she was in kindergarten and her mom
challenged her to cover every inch of her paper with color. Since then, Kapoor has been pursuing painting as both
a passion and a profession. “Art has always been a therapeutic release for me,” she says. “When I was younger, in grade
school, I spent more time coloring in the shapes and objects of my worksheets (as a way to relax) than actually filling out
and completing them.”
Kapoor describes her process as very relaxed and meditative. Sometimes she sits down in front of the canvas knowing
exactly what she wants to create; other times, the painting reveals itself bit by bit over the course of weeks or even months.
She prefers acrylic paint to other mediums because of the texture it yields during the drying process, and, “I think, I have a
very unusual technique and way of painting because I always try to look at the relationships of colors with one another (as
well as their quantity) with regards to the concept being portrayed, on the canvas.” Music creates a tone and atmosphere
for her work, from serious to angelic; and, whether abstract or figurative, every piece is a reflection of Kapoor’s state of
mind and emotions at the time.
Although she won the American Red Cross National Art Competition in 2009, Kapoor isn’t one to rest on her laurels.
Instead, she considers her work futuristic and is thus constantly trying to innovate and improve her paintings and
technique. Although most of her pieces are at least partially abstract, they tell a story. Kapoor is always seeking ways to
better convey that artistic narrative on canvas, to capture the viewer and engage them in the whole composition. “I believe
that every artist goes through phases in which they experiment with shapes, colors, and perspective,” she says. “I feel as
though what makes my work so different, is the gradual transition from one phase, into the next.” Currently Kapoor is
experimenting with different ways to visually express the passage of time, an interest she shares with another painter she
admires, Salvador Dali.
Olivia Kapoor
The Thinker Acrylic on Canvas 8” x 8”
The Hermit
Acrylic on Canvas
8” x 8”
The Thinker Acrylic on Canvas 8” x 8”
“I feel as
though what
makes my work
so different,
is the gradual
transition from
one phase, into
the next.”
Olivia Kapoor
“I always try
to look at the
relationships of
colors with one
another with
regards to the
concept being
portrayed, on
the canvas.”
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