Featured Artist: Benz Amataya Kuipers!

No by Benz Amataya Kuipers 36X36″ Acrylic

Benz Amataya Kuipers. These paintings are fabulous. Wonderful colors and shapes – to me they are just so happy. I love that Benz has her children join in on her paintings, or at least some of them. She posts wonderful videos of the kids painting. They don’t just splash paint all over, they put thoughtful strokes. Brilliant actually. I think for those of us who wish we could loosen up there is something to be learned here! You cannot help but smile when you look through her paintings on her website, FB and Instagram – I love to watch her children paint, they get so into it!

If you’re in the Chicago area, Benz (Amataya Studio) will be teaching a Family Painting Adventure – this sounds like so much fun! (Visit GrowArtists.com) – I think this is such an amazing opportunity. Two classes, one for ages 2-4 and the other for ages 5-12. In addition to showing their artistic skill, it’s a chance to bond over both of you painting on a single painting while reenforcing what it means to be a “team”.

An all-family painting session for kids 5-12 years old and their parents/caregivers. This is a process painting class. We encourage playful explorations of art materials, colors, lines, shapes and forms. We will provide a different theme for each class and trust the children to show us what they can do with paint. Each adult+child team will create an 8×10 painting to bring home in addition to other works on paper.

See more of Benz’s work via these links:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram

Read a bit about Benz, from her website:

I am a Thai contemporary painter currently based in Chicago. I am self taught and started painting at age 34.  I did not grow up making art. Books were my refuge. I spent most of free time in my childhood reading and writing. I wanted to be a writer, but somehow I went to a business school and even got a Master’s in Marketing. I was lost for a long time. Along the way, I have always had the desire to create. I’ve tried taking drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking classes, but nothing has stuck. I’ve always got hung up on the techniques and then I gave up.

It wasn’t until I had my children that I learned a truly liberating way of art making. The way my boys draw and paint amazes me. It’s so fun, so fearless, so real, so raw, so carefree. I wanted to paint like that, so I started exploring and experimenting with process-based art and haven’t stopped since.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My process honors the rawness, innocence, courage, joy, and spontaneity that I found in my children’s art-making process . My paintings are simply my spontaneous and unfiltered responses to my creative urges. My process is straightforward. I don’t plan ahead on how I want my paintings to look. I follow my impulses, choose colors and make marks that feel right to me at the time.                          

My art is open-ended and inviting. My highest hope is to inspire other reluctant painters (or artists, or anyone) to try their hands at art without being too hard on themselves.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via AmatayaStudio.com, used with permission…
Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.
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