Approved: 16.08.2006

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

 
“I always intend to be true to who I am in my paintings.”
 
As a formalist abstract painter I work intuitively throughout the creative process whilst carefully considering the structure of each painting until it is resolved.  I love mixed media, combining painting, stitch and collage, recycled elements and found objects using a layering approach, building surface and imagery, sanding back, repainting and editing whilst choosing materials and techniques I am powerfully drawn to for each moment, including my starting point. Resultant rich and visceral surface qualities often portray a sense of lived histories and emotional and spiritual depth.

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        “I always intend to be true to who I am in my paintings.”
         
        As a formalist abstract painter I work intuitively throughout the creative process whilst carefully considering the structure of each painting until it is resolved.  I love mixed media, combining painting, stitch and collage, recycled elements and found objects using a layering approach, building surface and imagery, sanding back, repainting and editing whilst choosing materials and techniques I am powerfully drawn to for each moment, including my starting point. Resultant rich and visceral surface qualities often portray a sense of lived histories and emotional and spiritual depth.

        I'm interested in spatial relationships which refer to the recurring theme of 'inside and outside' spaces. These metaphorical spaces are often represented through geometric shapes, akin to passageways, openings and doorways and hold narratives of experience and memory, strength and fragility and  'states of being'. Line often links these spaces and places and alongside layering contribute to a sense of the human condition and the building of a sense of self. 

        I hope for the viewer to feel emotion and be drawn inside my paintings.

        Influences include artists such as Antoni Tapies, Alberto Burri, Picasso, Paladino, artists of the St.Ives Movement and Abstract Expressionists alongside contemporary artists particularly American painters.

        1990 was a pivotal turning point in my life and when I began painting. In 1998 I graduated with a First Class Fine Art BA (Hons) from University Chichester, I've received funding awards to develop my work and for various community art projects, such as West Pier Art. Prizes won include 'Red Crucifixion' for  the Kress Project from Georgia Museum of Art.

        I've exhibited in Galleries mainly across the South of England, also within the Art and Health context. Besides showing paintings, I have worked as a Peer Mentor with Recovery College whilst running my own courses in the community. I currently facilitate Art Drop-in Workshops for the charity Creative Future. My personal experience of the creative process has deeply impacted my life, finding it invaluable as a therapeutic tool for individual empowerment and healing and which has motivated a strong desire to help others.

         

        Contact Maria - maria.kuipers@tiscali.co.uk

        https://www.creativefuture.org.uk/

        CV & Education

        Maria Kuipers CV

        Born 1950 London
        Live and work in Brighton Sussex

        Education                                                                                                                                     2009             Sculpture NCFE Certificate, Brighton
        2001             SRC Certificate Printmaking, Northbrook College, Worthing
        2000             7307 C & G.FE Teacher Training, Brighton
        1998             First Class Honours BA Fine Art, Bishop Otter University Chichester
        1995             Art & Design Foundation, Northbrook, Worthing

        Prizes and Awards
        2015             'West Pier Art', Individual Award, Arts Council England
        2012             Prize for painting 'Red crucifixion', Kress project, Georgia Museum of Art
        2004             'Development of practice', Individual Award, Arts Council South East
        2002             'Art & Health Project', Individual Award, Arts Council South East

        Solo Shows
        2015           'West Pier Art', Brighton
        2014           'Dwellings', Thomas & Paul Gallery, London
        2007           Pelham House, Lewes

        Selected Group Exhibitions
        2013 -2017    Cameron Contemporary Gallery, Hove
                              Bloomsbury Art Fair , London Affordable Art Fairs
                              St Anne's Galleries, Lewes
                              Bellis Gallery, Brighton
        2012 -2014   UK & Hamburg Art fairs with The Art Collective
                             Thomas & Paul Gallery London  
        2012             ‘Earthworks’, 3 man Show, St. Anne’s Galleries
                             Tight Modern touring show and Impact Art Fair, Creative Future                      
        2009              Art Liberating Lives, Mall Gallery, London
                              New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
        2007              Gallery 23, Lancaster.    Serenahall Gallery, Southwold,
                              Arts and Business, Brighton.   Atticus arts, Bath
                              HQ Gallery, Lewes.  Star Gallery, Lewes
                              Selected,50over50 National Arts Competition, University Gallery Bton
        2006              Gallery Fifty Eight, Northampton
        2005              Gallery One, Barnes, London.
                              Cornerstone Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
        2003              ROI, Royal Institute for Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
        1996              Sussex Open, Brighton

        Selected Projects
        2017            Tutoring Drop-in Art Workshops, Crawley and Hove, with Creative Future, 
        2016            Tight Modern, Part of Judging Panel, Creative Future
        2016            Peer trainer, Recovery College Workshops
        2016            Talks - 'Meet the artist', Creative Future, Chapel Royal, 'The journey'
        2015            West Pier Art - Community Arts Collaboration and exhibition
        2008            International Art-camp Residency & Group Exhibition, Hungary