Photo: Maria Kuipers in Hove, South East

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Event organiser


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

As a materials led artist I aim for material presence and rich textures juxtaposed with subtle, sensitive surfaces. I work organically choosing instinctively from a variety of materials and methods whilst trusting the process for content and imagery to emerge. Using a layering approach I build surfaces, edit, scrape back and rework until I arrive at a finished painting.

I'm particularly interested in colour relationships and spatial relationships. Predominant themes which recur include 'inside and outside', 'treasures' and 'portal'. I always have the intention of progressing beyond what I see and perceive into subjective abstraction and ambiguity, aiming for that sense of mystery and intangible qualities I am powerfully drawn to.

In 1998 I graduated with 1:1 Fine Art with Related Arts with Honours.  I exhibit mainly across Southern England and also in Hungary, Germany and New York. I have a strong interest in the therapeutic values of art and enjoy working and exhibiting within the 'art and health' arena in community projects.


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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, meditative and intuitive, abstract painting, collage, paint and textile, colour relationships, structural concepts, inside and outside spaces, rich surfaces, paintings on canvas and paper

News & Events

  • Cameron contemporary art gallery

    I will be showing paintings alongside British Modernists in May 2015. Cameron contemporary in Hove East Sussex

  • West Pier Art

    The development of work inspired by West Pier Brighton and i360 redevelopments continues. For more information see