“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.
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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 -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
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