“Magadel represents the fifth generation of an artistic family of whom the landscape painter, Cornelis Kuijpers, is internationally known (P. Scheen Lexicon: Nederlandse Beeldende Kunstenaars 1750 – 1950). While at the Amsterdam Academy of Fine Arts, she was awarded in 1959 a combined study-travel scholarship at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts U.S.A., which was followd after two years by a grant for the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts where she graduated with distinction in 1963.””Her lengthy stay in the U.S.A. has greatly influenced her outlook on art and years of experimentation and exhibitions followed on both continents: Europe (Paris, Florence, Amsterdam, Biarritz) and America with a highlight of a one-woman exhibition at the galerie Internationale Madison Avenue, New York, NY. In addition, several years later she participated in the 12th Art Expo in the Javits Convention Centre (1990) and, on invitation, joined the world congress on Art and Medicine (1992) a symposium with exhibit at the prestigious Lincoln Arts Centre, New York, NY.”

“In the meantime Magadel’s interest was aroused by Tibetan thangka painting scrolls, which necessitated a prolonged stay at Boulder, Colorado, in the vicinity of the Buddhist Centre, The Naropa Institute. At last her search for the ultimate way of expression resulted in a synthesis, comprising a series of scrolls in the tradition of the Jungian arche-typical symbolism.”


Art and inspiration

 “Growing up in an artistic environment guaranteed that I pursued a career in drawing and painting professionally. As long as I can remember I have been drawing and writing stories. Initially, I thought this might lead to a career in book illustration but the confines of this trade proved unproductive. Instead I embarked on a career as a painter, without knowing in which direction it would take me.I knew I would not follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, Cornelis Kuijpers, a respected landscape painter, nor follow my father, a surrealist artist ‘avant la lettre’. But his work became my starting point: Let inspiration take you where it may, away from imitating the visible world.””Important in obtaining this goal was the technique which I gradually developed and employed: working on transparent material with undiluted colours. These works, abstract in nature, could be either see-through or opaque, free hanging or against a wall. Their size was fairly large, as I felt that the observer had to enter the painting and become part of it. When I had found the technique which best suited my purpose, I was inspired by Tibetan thangka painting scrolls, which enabled me to carry my paintings relatively easy to numerous exhibits all over Europe and North-America. Later on this resulted in my most important series, which I hope to make ready for publication soon.”


Click here to see a movie of Magadel working on a painting called “Startled Face”