Approved: 16.08.2006

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

I'm a process driven formalist abstract painter. I work intuitively with no preliminary drawings or subject in mind - each painting evolves and resolves itself.  My method is to layer and build the surface with paints and collage, using different tools to apply paint, draw, scratch into and often sanding back to reveal layers underneath. Both excavating the surface and repainting multiple times, enhances visceral qualities I look for and creates a sense of history. I playfully explore and discover, all the while responding to emerging imagery which excites me. Mark-making is one of the fundamental elements I find enriching and a characteristic of my own visual language.  

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        Artist Statement

        I'm a process driven formalist abstract painter. I work intuitively with no preliminary drawings or subject in mind - each painting evolves and resolves itself.  My method is to layer and build the surface with paints and collage, using different tools to apply paint, draw, scratch into and often sanding back to reveal layers underneath. Both excavating the surface and repainting multiple times, enhances visceral qualities I look for and creates a sense of history. I playfully explore and discover, all the while responding to emerging imagery which excites me. Mark-making is one of the fundamental elements I find enriching and a characteristic of my own visual language.  

        My aim is to work with the unconscious and like the Surrealist's approach of expression, my paintings embody 'states of being', references to the invisible world and an expression of the unknown. Ultimately I aim for spiritual 'presence' and hope that the viewer will be drawn inside my paintings.

        Recent influences can be attributed to Abstract Expressionism and artists such as Roy Oxlade, William Crozier and contemporary painter, Basil Beattie, amongst others.

         

         

         

        CV & Education

        Maria Kuipers CV

        Born 1950 British

        Training

        2007 – 2009         Sculpture NCFE Certificate, Brighton
        1999 – 2001         SRC Certificate Printmaking, Northbrook College, Worthing
        1999 – 2000         7307 C & G.FE Teacher Training, Brighton
        1995 – 1998         1st Class Honours BA, Bishop Otter University Chichester
        1994 – 1995         Art & Design Foundation, Northbrook, Worthing

        Selected Prizes and Awards

        2014 - 2015         'West Pier Art',  ACE Award, self development, collaboration & community art 2012                     Prize, 'Red crucifixion' painting, Kress project, Georgia Museum of Art
        2003 - 2004         'Development of practice', Individual Award, Arts Council South East
        2000 - 2002         'Art & Health project', Individual Award, Arts Council South East

        Solo Shows

        2014 -2015          'West Pier Art', Solo show, Brighton                                                            2014                    'Dwellings' Solo Show, Thomas & Paul Gallery, London
        2012                    ‘Earthworks’ 3 man Summer Show, St. Anne’s Galleries, Lewes
         

        Selected Exhibitions

        2017 - 2019          Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery; St. Anne's Galleries                          2015 -2016           Cameron Contemporary Gallery, Hove/ London Affordable Art Fair          2013 -2015           Cameron Contemporary Art Gallery, Hove                                                                                     St Anne's Galleries, Lewes
        2012 -2015           Bellis Gallery, Brighton
        2012 -2014           UK & Hamburg Art fairs with The Art Collective                                                                             Thomas & Paul Gallery London   
        2012                     Bloomsbury Art Fair, London, The Art Collective
                                     Tight Modern touring gallery, Creative Future
        2011                      Impact Art fair with Creative Future, London
        2010                     Serenahall Gallery, Southold, Suffolk
                                     Naked Eye Gallery, Brighton
        2009                     Art Liberating Lives, Mall Gallery, London
        2008                     Art-camp & exhibition, Debrecen, Hungary
                                     New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
        2007                     Gallery 23, Lancaster                                                                                                                       Atticus arts, Bath                                                                                                                              Serenahall Gallery, Suffolk
                                     Arts and Business, Brighton                                                                                                            Solo Show, Pelham House, Lewes and  HQ Gallery, Lewes
        2006                     Star Gallery, Lewes
        2006                     50over50 National Arts Competition Show, University Gallery Brighton
        2004 -2006           Gallery Fifty Eight, Northampton 
        2005                     Gallery One, Barnes, London
        2003                     ROI, Royal Institute for Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
        2002 -2005           Cornerstone Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
        1996                     Sussex Open, Brighton

        Selected Projects

        2018 -2020           Selected, 13 Artist Group Open House and Online Shop, Creative Future 2018 - 2020          One to one weekly art tutoring for disabled students                                2016- 2020           Leading Art & Well-being Art Workshops with Creative Future; Gateway                              Women's refuge, Off The Fence; Vineyard Church                                    2016                     Selected, Judging Panel, Tight Modern, Creative Future                              2015 -2016           Peer trainer, Recovery College Workshops                                                        2015 -2017           Talks - 'Meet the artist', Creative Future; Chapel Royal Festival; Vineyard ch 2014 -2015           'West Pier Art', Developing practice, collaboration & Community Arts project