Wim Heldens | Cheeky Bastard
oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm, 2016, private collection USA

In 2011, Wim Heldens was the first winner from Holland of the BP Award of the National Portrait Gallery in London, with appearances on BBC TV, Dutch national TV and extensive mention in the Dutch media. His paintings found their way into private and public collections worldwide.

Heldens is one of these artists who know from the beginning what they want to do. For him, painting is a psychological analysis, a narrative of inner life and experience. His realism, which is rooted in renaissance painting and the 17th century Dutch realist tradition in particular, gives form to the human condition in modern life while
stressing the continuity of a valid and, in the 21st century, important pictural tradition.