Maria Kuipers

I aim to make paintings that have emotional depth and portray a sense of a lived history, spirituality and mystery. I always aim at being true to who I am in my work. When engaged in making a painting, throughout the whole creative process I trust for content to emerge as predominantly I work without a subject. Each painting is conceived intuitively. I love working with mixed media and using a variety of different materials and tools, choosing what I'm powerfully drawn to at each given moment in time. Surface qualities are important to me as they allude to a sense of depth, equally the relationship between colour and spatial dynamics, but essentially I go with the intuitive flow, whilst considering the structure of each painting until it is resolved. 1990 was a pivotal turning point in my life and when I began painting. In 1998 I graduated with a First Class Fine Art BA, since I've received funding awards and prizes to develop my work and for Community Art Projects, including West Pier Art. I exhibit mainly across South of England in galleries as well as in the 'art and health' arena. Besides the value of showing a finished painting, my personal experience of the creative process, with it's therapeutic value for individual empowerment and healing, has impacted my life considerably. I work as a Peer mentor facilitating Art Workshops for Creative Future with Recovery Collage.

Infinity

I love to use discarded recycled materials and here I have used found objects which I adhered to the surface. Each material becomes part of the structure of my paintings and I feel they have a sensuous and contemporary quality that connects with the human condition. It is important for me to work with a …

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New Life

A small intimate mixed media piece created over 4 years. I used fabric material, paper collage, stitching, paint and found objects which have been applied, stripped and sanded back, repainted and reinserted, resulting in weathered surfaces adjacent to the fresh yellow and blue squares spontaneously placed and added at the end. I felt it had …

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Connections

Working intuitively I build surface qualities by layering and choosing from a selection of materials for each moment of the process whilst considering the structure of the painting. I spend a lot of time looking and ‘feeling’ the painting and giving myself space so I can sense what is needed to take it forward. This …

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