Approved: 16.08.2006

Maria Kuipers

Artist, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

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 and being materials-led, I love working with mixed media, choosing what I am powerfully drawn to at each moment, including my starting point. Essentially I go 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.
 

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        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 and being materials-led, I love working with mixed media, choosing what I am powerfully drawn to at each moment, including my starting point. Essentially I go 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.

         

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

        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/Development of work/Exhibition
        2008            International Art-camp Residency & Group Exhibition, Hungary