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 as predominantly work without a subject. Being materials-led, I love working with mixed media, using a variety of materials and tools, choosing what I am powerfully drawn to at each moment, including my starting point, essentially going 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 as predominantly work without a subject. Being materials-led, I love working with mixed media, using a variety of materials and tools, choosing what I am powerfully drawn to at each moment, including my starting point, essentially going 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