Photo: Maria Kuipers in Hove, South East

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Event organiser


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

As a materials led artist I aim for a material presence and work intuitively allowing the work to progress organically. I choose instinctively from a variety of materials and methods trusting the creative process for content and imagery to emerge. Using a layered approach building surfaces, scraping back and reworking until I arrive with a finished painting and a sense of balance. Rich textures are juxtaposed with subtle, sensitive areas and surfaces using a predominantly tertiary palette.

My core interests lie in the material presence, fusing different art disciplines, intriguing shapes and intangible qualities I am powerfully drawn to. I always have the intention of progressing beyond what I see and perceive into subjective abstraction and ambiguity, aiming for that sense of mystery.

Recently I have returned to painting Brighton West Pier and i360 redevelopments, inspired by regularly walking the local coastline and observing the demise of West Pier. This has become a project funded by the Arts Council to develop a new body of work and working closely with partners and another local painter, including collaborative work. A new way of working with a starting concept, but the aim remains the same; to capture something in between and beyond what I see and perceive.

In 1998 I graduated with a First Class BA with Related Arts with Honours. With a strong interest in the therapeutic values in art I enjoy working within the 'art and health' arena. I exhibit mainly in the South of England, also Hungary, New York and Germany.


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Location Hove, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Workshops, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects, Events management, Project management, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Textiles
Tags spatial relationships, sensitive surfaces and textures, mixed media painting, abstract, layered work, stitch, collage and paint, meditative and intuitive, tertiary palette and contrast, figurative references

News & Events

  • West Pier Art

    The development of work and finished pieces will be on show at Brighton Jubilee Library 12-18th Jan. A lovely space and meet the artist/s 2-5pm each day. For more information see