Maria Kuipers

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Project manager, Event organiser

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I create abstract mixed media paintings on canvas, panel and paper.

My works reveal strong structural elements with architectural associations, verticals, horizontals, squares, rectangles, inside and outside places and spaces. I'm interested in 'spatial relationships', some of which hold narratives of experience and memory, of strength and fragility, of hidden and overt states of being; to have integrity and be true to the creative process is essential for me. 

Using a layering approach I choose from a variety of materials and methods, building the surface, editing, scraping back and reworking until each painting is arrived at. I work organically engaging with the physicality of surfaces and materials including found recycled elements, stitching and paint.   I always aim to find rich surfaces, which are worked over and over and often reduced to an emotional simplicity. 

I have a strong interest in the Art and Health Arena and find the art process invaluable as a cathartic and powerful therapeutic tool for healing and self development.  With this ethos in mind I form and facilitate art workshops, work with Creative Future in a voluntary capacity and also Recovery College as a Peer Trainer. I give talks about my creative and personal journey to different sectors in the community.

Alongside FE Teacher training I graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art. I exhibit my paintings regularly and won prizes from Georgia Museum of Art, USA and for Art and Community Projects, including West Pier Art.

 

 

 

Contact Maria - maria.kuipers@tiscali.co.uk

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Location Hove, South East
Activities Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Workshops, Art therapy, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects, Gallery education, Events management, Project management, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles
Tags spatial relationships, abstract painting, paint and textile, colour relationships, rich surfaces, mixed media, symbolic content, geometric form, collage, earthy colours
Website http://www.westpierart.com/