Approved: 16.08.2006

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006


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  • Location: Hove, South East
  • Activities: Workshops, Arts in health, Community arts, Studio practice
  • Categories: Project, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles, Arts in health, Studio practice
  • Tags: geometric form, textile, intuitively constructed, tertiary palette, the human condition, mixed media on canvas, abstract painting, meditative spiritual, shapes and their relationship with each other, surface qualities







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

      My works reveal strong structural elements with architectural associations, verticals, horizontals, squares, rectangles, and themes include 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.

      Essentially my working methods are intuitively led, and within that process I work on structuring each painting. It is important for me to have integrity and to be true to the creative process, spontaneously choosing materials and tools from a variety to hand, building surfaces, editing, collaging, stitching, scraping back and reworking until each painting is arrived at. 

      I aim to evoke a sense of lived experience and mystery in my work.

      Graduating with a 1st Class (Hons) Fine Art Degree in 1998 I have since won prizes from Georgia Museum of Art, USA and for Art and Community Projects, including West Pier Art. I exhibit in galleries predominantly across the South East.

      And with strong interests in the Art and Health Arena I find the art process invaluable as a cathartic and powerful therapeutic tool for healing and self development.  I form and facilitate workshops to help find your voice in the language of art, work with Creative Future as a Peer Mentor co-leading Recovery College workshops as well as a volunteer. I also give talks about my creative journey to different sectors in the community.





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      CV & Education

      Maria Kuipers CV

      2007 – 2009  Sculpture NCFE Certificate, Brighton
      2003 – 2004  ETA, Education through Art programme of courses
      1999 – 2001  SRC Certificate Printmaking, Northbrook College, Worthing
      1999 – 2000  7307 C & G.FE Teacher Training, Brighton
      1995 – 1998  1st Class Honours Fine Art Degree, Bishop Otter Chichester
      1994 – 1995  Art & Design Foundation, Northbrook, Worthing

      Prizes and Awards
      2014 - 2015  'West Pier Art', Individual Award, Arts Council England
      2012               Prize winner 'Red crucifixion', Kress project, Georgia Museum of Art
      2003 - 2004  'Development of practice', Individual Award, Arts Council South East
      2000 - 2002  'Art & Health project', Individual Award, Arts Council South East

      Selected Exhibitions
      2016              Cameron Contemporary Gallery, Hove, London Affordable Art Fair
      2014 - 2015   West Pier Art Project  Solo show, Brighton
      2014              Solo Show, Thomas & Paul Gallery, London
      2013 - 2015   Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Hove
                            St Anne's Galleries, Lewes
      2012 - 2015   Bellis Gallery, Brighton
      2012 - 2014   UK & Hamburg Art fairs with The Art Collective
                            Thomas & Paul Gallery London  
      2012              Bloomsbury Art Fair, London, The Art Collective
                            Tight Modern touring gallery, Creative Future
                            ‘Earthworks’ 3 man Summer Show, St. Anne’s Galleries, Lewes
      2011              Impact Art fair with Creative Future, London
      2010              Serenahall Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk
                            Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton
      2009              Art Liberating Lives, Mall Gallery, London
      2008              Art-camp & exhibition, Varmospercs, Hungary
                            New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
      2007              Gallery 23, Lancaster
                            Serenahall Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk
                            Arts and Business, Brighton
                            Atticus arts, Bath
                            Solo Show, Pelham House, Lewes and  HQ Gallery, Lewes
      2006              Star Gallery, Lewes
                            50over50 National Arts Competition, University Gallery Brighton
      2004 - 2006   Gallery Fifty Eight, Northampton
      2005              Gallery One, Barnes, London
      2003              ROI, Royal Institute for Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
      2002 -2005   Cornerstone Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
      1996              Sussex Open, Brighton

      Selected Projects
      2014 - 2015  West Pier Art Arts Council awarded Community Arts project
      2015             Peer trainer with Recovery College, Creative Future
      2015            Talk 'Meet the artist' with Creative Future, Brighton