Wieteke Heldens

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Until the point is gone, 2012, 320x180cm, marker on canvas, No more color, 2011, 260x170cm, marker on canvas
Zoom in on the pyramid, 2014, 70x70cm, 65x65cm, 60x60cm, 55x55cm, 50x50cm, 45x45cm, 40x40cm, marker on canvas
The Legend of 5,4kg, The Legend of 6,8kg, 2015, 110x180cm, mixed media on canvas, audio
With black Content, 2016, 45x57cm, fineliner on brown bag
But Many Vertical Horizons, 2016, 120x180 cm, marker on canvas
Artist's Statement

I am consistently inconsistent. I obsessively need the canvas to understand life. In my work I use everything around me but I put these personal anecdotes into abstract concepts. I wish I was like Hanne Darboven or On Kawara, but I'm not.
On the first view I make abstract, conceptual work. But at the same time every work is obsessive and compulsive. Rules and mathematical formulas are the starting point, but the impossibility to turn off feelings, thoughts and emotions, prevents that the paintings are too general and distant. With a sense of perspective I use a conceptual process.


Wieteke Heldens was born in Ottersum, The Netherlands in 1982. Heldens works in the medium of painting. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague in 2007. She had her first solo-show at Flux Factory in 2011 and exhibited in the The Hague Gemeente museum, Royal Palace in Amsterdam and internationally in Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark, South Korea, Belgium and the US. In 2013 Heldens won the Royal prize for Painting in the Netherlands. Heldens is represented by Borzo gallery in Amsterdam and Hans & Fritz Contemporary in Barcelona. She is also a member of Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives in The Hague and Flux Factory in NYC. She lives and works in New York and in The Hague.