Photo: Maria Kuipers in Hove, South East

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Event organiser, Community worker


I make abstract mixed media paintings on canvas, panel and paper, creating psychological, emotional and sensory landscapes.

My core interest in the human condition, lies at the heart of my paintings. I sense my way forward an organic process, whilst focusing on spatial relationships, colour balance and intangible qualities I'm powerfully drawn to. Working with or without a subject my intention is express something beyond what I see and perceive into subjective abstraction, aiming for a sense of history and mystery. Predominant themes which recur include 'inside and outside', 'treasures' and 'passage'.

I work organically choosing from a variety of materials and methods using a layering approach, building the surface, editing, scraping back and reworking until each painting is arrived at. I need to make as well as paint, to engage with the physical surface and include found recycled elements, collage, stitching and paint. I always aim for a tactile presence and rich surfaces, which are worked over and over, developed over a longer period of time, revisiting the same canvasuntil often reduced to an emotional simplicity.

In 1998 I graduated with 1:1 Fine Art with Related Arts with Honours. I exhibit mainly across Southern England and also Hungary, Germany and New York.

I have a strong interest in the therapeutic values of art, facilitating well-being workshops and exhibiting within the 'art and health' arena. I volunteer with Creative Future, a charity based in Brighton who work with marginalised artists and writers. 


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Location Hove, South East
Activities Workshops, Arts in health, Community arts, Project management, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Textiles
Tags spatial relationships, meditative and intuitive, abstract painting, paint and textile, colour relationships, inside and outside spaces, rich surfaces, shapes and structure, mixed media, symbolic content

News & Events

  • Recovery College

    06/06/2015 – 27/06/2015

    Art workshops. Working with Recovery College for people with mental health difficulties. Volunteer work With Creative Future, Brighton

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  • 'Coast' contemporary artists

    Showing a selection of paintings about 'coast' Cameron contemporary art Gallery Hove, Sussex

  • West Pier Art

    Inspired by West Pier, Brighton and i360 redevelopments. Developing more paintings and volunteer work with Creative Future.