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.

I work organically choosing from a variety of materials and methods whilst trusting the process for content and imagery to emerge. Using a layering approach  building the surface, editing, scraping back and reworking until each finished painting is arrived at. As a materials led artist using mixed media is essential and which can include recycling elements and stitching, aiming for material presence and rich textures juxtaposed with subtle and sensitive surfaces.

I'm particularly interested in colour relationships and spatial relationships. Working instintively and without a subject I usually end up with figurative elements in my paintings, or work the other way round from a subject and develop into abstracted form. Predominant themes include 'inside and outside', 'treasures' and 'portal'. I always have the intention of progressing beyond what I see and perceive into subjective abstraction aiming for a 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.


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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

  • Museum Tales Poetry Performance Event

    Fashion Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

    I will be reading 4 of my poems alongside others - you are invited to join us. Thursday 19th March 3-4pm Brighton Museum & Art Gallery For details see website or phone Niamh 01273 234780

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  • Cameron contemporary art gallery

    I'm showing a selection of paintings alongside great BRITISH MODERNISTS May 2015 Dates TBA At Cameron contemporary art Gallery, Hove, East Sussex

  • West Pier Art

    Inspired by West Pier Brighton and i360 redevelopments, developing more paintings and volunteer work with Creative Future.