Approved: 16.08.2006

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Project manager, Event organiser

Approved: 16.08.2006


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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
  • Categories: 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







      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.




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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