I create abstract mixed media paintings, on canvas and paper.
Essentially my working methods are intuitively led, and within that organic process the imagery and content emerges. I use a variety of materials, including recycled and found objects, choosing what I'm powerfully drawn to at each given moment. And within an additive and reductive layering process I edit and rework the canvas over and over until each painting arrives. I'm interested in rich surface qualities that evoke a sense of mystery and history whilst always searching for an additional contemporary element of surprise yo add drama.
My painitngs reveal strong structural elements with architectural associations, verticals, horizontals, squares and rectangles. I consider the construction of a painting whilst developing the spatial and colour relationships, which hold narratives of experience and memory, of strength and fragility, of hidden and overt 'states of being' and 'spirituality'.
Influences are attributed to artists such as Tapies, Burri, Paladino and Picasso, and movements such as St. Ives Group and Abstract Expressionists.
My painting career began in 1990 and graduating in 1998 with a 1st Class (Hons) Fine Art BA at Bishop Otter University, Chichester. I've won prizes and awards from Georgia Museum of Art, USA, Arts Council England for self development and Community Art Projects, including West Pier Art.
I've exhibited predominantly across Southern England, also Hungary, Germany and USA.
I'm passionate about the 'Arts and Health' arena, both in the area of exhibiting my work and facilitating art workshops. I currently work with Creative Future facilitating Drop-in workshops and as Peer Mentor co-leading Recovery College workshops. I find the creative process to be an invaluable, cathartic and a powerful therapeutic tool for healing and self development.
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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,Creative Future. Impact Art fair, Creative
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. tar 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/Developmen of own work/Exhibition
2008 International Art-camp Residency & Group Exhibition, Hungary