“I always intend to be true to who I am in my paintings.”
As a formalist abstract painter I work intuitively throughout the creative process whilst carefully considering the structure of each painting until it is resolved. I love mixed media, combining painting, stitch and collage, including recycled elements and found objects. Using a layering approach, building surfaces, sanding back, editing and reinstating, whilst I choose materials and techniques I am powerfully drawn to use at each stage. I aim for rich visceral surface qualities, to portray a sense of lived histories and emotional and spiritual depth.
I'm interested in spatial relationships and a recurring theme, 'inside and outside'. These metaphorical spaces, primarily conveyed through geometric shapes, passageways, openings and doorways, hold narratives of experience and memory, strength and fragility; embodying 'states of being'. Drawn line can be random but often links these spaces and places with external places and with my inner world; as does the process of layering referring to the building of a sense of self.
I hope for the viewer to feel emotion and 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 both develop my work and for various community projects, such as West Pier Art. I've won prizes including 'Red Crucifixion' for the Kress Project from Georgia Museum of Art.
I've exhibited in Galleries mainly across the South of England, also within the Art and Health arena. Besides showing paintings, I've worked as a Peer Mentor with Recovery College whilst running my own courses in the community. I also facilitate Art Workshops for the charity Creative Future, working with marginalised artists. My personal experience of the creative process has deeply impacted my life, I've found it invaluable as a therapeutic tool for empowerment and healing, and which has motivated a strong desire to help others.
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
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