Approved: 16.08.2006

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

I create abstract mixed media paintings, on canvas and paper.

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  • Location: Hove, South East
  • Activities: Workshops, Arts in health, Community arts, Studio practice
  • Categories: Project, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles, Arts in health, Studio practice, Talk / Seminar
  • Tags: geometric form, intuitively constructed, tertiary palette, the human condition, mixed media on canvas, abstract painting, meditative spiritual, spatial relationships, fine art textile, rich surfaces






      I create abstract mixed media paintings, on canvas and paper.

      Essentially my working methods are intuitively led, and within that organic process the imagery and content emerges. I use a variety of materials, including recycled and found objects, choosing what I'm powerfully drawn to at each given moment. And within an additive and reductive layering process I edit and rework the canvas over and over until each painting arrives. I'm interested in rich surface qualities that evoke a sense of mystery and history whilst always searching for an additional contemporary element of surprise yo add drama.

      My painitngs reveal strong structural elements with architectural associations, verticals, horizontals, squares and rectangles. I consider the construction of a painting whilst developing the spatial and colour relationships, which hold narratives of experience and memory, of strength and fragility, of hidden and overt 'states of being' and 'spirituality'.

      Influences are attributed to artists such as Tapies, Burri, Paladino and Picasso, and movements such as St. Ives Group and Abstract Expressionists.


      My painting career began in 1990 and graduating in 1998 with a 1st Class (Hons) Fine Art BA at Bishop Otter University, Chichester. I've won prizes and awards from Georgia Museum of Art, USA, Arts Council England for self development and Community Art Projects, including West Pier Art.

      I've exhibited predominantly across Southern England, also Hungary, Germany and USA.

      I'm passionate about the 'Arts and Health' arena, both in the area of exhibiting my work and facilitating art workshops. I currently work with Creative Future facilitating Drop-in workshops and as Peer Mentor co-leading Recovery College workshops. I find the creative process to be an invaluable, cathartic and a powerful therapeutic tool for healing and self development.





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      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 -2016    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,Creative Future. Impact Art fair, Creative                      
      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.  tar 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            Tutor, Drop-in Workshops, Crawley
      2016            Tight Modern, Judging Panel, Creative Future
      2016            Peer trainer, Recovery College Workshops, Creative Future
      2016            Talks - 'Meet the artist', Creative Future.   Chapel Royal, 'The journey'
      2015            West Pier Art - Community Arts/Collaboration/Developmen of own work/Exhibition
      2008            International Art-camp Residency & Group Exhibition, Hungary