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.”

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        Artist Statement

        “I always intend to be true to who I am in my paintings.”

        As a formalist abstract painter I always work intuitively throughout the creative process whether working from life or from imagination.  I love to combine a variety of media to create painterly and expressive drawings and paintings, whilst materials are chosen at random depending what I feel to use at the time. The rich and visceral surfaces are important to me, portraying a sense of lived histories and emotional depth, yet simultaneously, I aim for expansiveness and fresh spatial qualities, including a sense of spirituality. Bringing these opposites together intrigues me, as I look for both tension and contemplation.

        I'm interested in spatial relationships, which spontaneously recur, such as the theme 'inside and outside' and are often conveyed through geometric shapes, passageways, openings and doorways, plus increasingly recently, symbols and line. These metaphorical spaces hold narratives of experience and memory, strength and fragility; embodying 'states of being'. They link the external with my inner world.

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

        Influences are attributed to Antoni Tapies, Alberto Burri, Picasso, Paladino, artists of the St. Ives Movement and Abstract Expressionists, alongside contemporary artists particularly American painters, amongst others.

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

        I've exhibited both in galleries, mainly across the South of England, and within the Art and Health arena. My painting practice is primary and foremost, and importantly has deeply impacted my life and been an invaluable therapeutic tool for empowerment and healing. I facilitate Art Workshops, particularly for the charity Creative Future.

        Contact Maria - [email protected]




        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