I aim to make paintings that have emotional depth and portray a sense of lived history, spirituality and mystery.
“I always aim to be true to who I am in my work.”
Each painting is conceived intuitively; I trust that the content will emerge through the creative process as predominantly work without a subject. Being materials-led, I love working with mixed media, using a variety of materials and tools, choosing what I am powerfully drawn to at each moment, including my starting point, essentially going with the intuitive flow whilst carefully considering the structure of each painting until it is resolved.
I'm particularly interested in constructing an array of rich surfaces, alluding to a sense of archaeology and limitless time and space. Equally important are colour and spatial relationships, which reveal strong geometric form, holding narratives of experience and memory, of strength and fragility, of hidden and overt 'states of being'.
Influences include artists such as Antoni Tapies, Alberto Burri, Picasso, artists of the St.Ives Movement and the Abstract Expressionists.
1990 was a pivotal turning point in my life and this is when I began painting.
In 1998, I graduated with a First Class Fine Art BA from University Chichester.
I have received funding awards to develop my own work and for various community art projects, such as West Pier Art. Prizes won include the 'Red Crucifixion' for Kress Project, Georgia Museum of Art. I have exhibited in galleries mainly across the South of England and in the Art and Health context.
Besides showing paintings, my personal experience of the creative process, with its therapeutic values for individual empowerment and healing, has impacted my life considerably and motivates my desire to help others. I work as a Peer Mentor with Recovery College and lead Drop-in workshops for Creative Future whilst facilitating my own courses in the community.
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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
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 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
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/Development of work/Exhibition
2008 International Art-camp Residency & Group Exhibition, Hungary