Photo: Maria Kuipers in Hove, South East

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Maker, Project manager, Event organiser

Concepts/themes/ideas

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 have exhibited mainly in the South of England, also Hungary, New York and Germany. My work is represented by Thomas and Paul Gallery in London, St.Anne's Galleries in Lewes, and Cameron Contemporary in Hove.

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Location Hove, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Workshops, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects
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
Website http://thomasandpaul.com

News & Events

  • West Pier Art Exhibition

    This show by Brighton based artist Maria Kuipers reflects her experience of changes to Brighton West Pier and i360 redevelopments. Her work used mixed media and paint and includes some collaboration.

  • Cameron Contemporary Art

    21/11/2014 – 28/12/2014
    Cameron Contemporary Art , 2nd Avenue, Hove

    I am showing my latest abstract work in a mixed Show in Hove, Sussex

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  • Cameron Contemporary Art

    I am showing Abstract work in a group Christmas Show in Hove. www.cameroncontemporary.com 21st Nov - 28th December 2014

  • West Pier Art Exhibition

    12/01/2015 – 18/01/2015
    The Foyer, Brighton Jubilee Library

    This show by Brighton based artist Maria Kuipers reflects her experience of changes to Brighton West Pier and i360 redevelopments. Her work used mixed media and paint and includes some collaboration.

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  • West Pier Art

    This involves making art with partner painter at the site and in studio about the West Pier changes and redevelopments in Brighton. Public activities at the site. www.westpierart.com