Deborah Poynton graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. A survey of 25 years of her painting, titled Model for a World, showed at The New Church Museum, Cape Town, in mid-2014. She has held eight solo exhibitions at Stevenson, most recently Picnic in Cape Town (2016). She showed at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban, in 2010, and held her first US solo exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s galleries in Savannah and Atlanta in 2009.
Poynton creates paintings and drawings that investigate perception and the construction of imagery. Her approaches range from Ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints to 17th & 19th-century European painting, adjusting form to her subject of inquiry.