Wieteke Heldens

2022: Group exhibition A something in a Summer’s Day: It’s Like, You Know (non toxic), 2021, acrylic on canvas, 34x55cm, 2021.

With this work I want to achieve two goals. My rules for “It’s like, You Know (nontoxic)” are to clean the brushes and fill the canvas. The paint is made from non-toxic pigments due to my pregnancy. The title plays with multiple meanings of the phrases “It’s like” and “You Know”. “It is like”, which means the same, to be equal, to enjoy, to care and to desire. “You know” is a substitute for something that shouldn’t be said out loud or an idea for something that can’t be thought of at the moment, and as a question, which means are you still listening or understanding.

2019 London Art Fair and later in group exhibition: ‘From Gym to Church to Gallery’


Exhibition ‘De Finalisten 2017’  10/12/2017 – 14/01/2018
Wieteke Heldens (NL) is the winner of the O-68 Award 2017. She makes paintings on canvas with oil paint, marker, and mixed media, and drawings on paper bags.

Photos works Wieteke Heldens (€600,- tot €6000,-)



Biography Wieteke Heldens

The inspiration of the artist

Wieteke’s inspiration, almost her obsession, lies in the fact that everything is temporary, the marker, the paint, the number of creases to be lined, the artist herself, you and me, even the earth. But when the marker ink disappears an artwork is created. Call it the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases.

Additional meanings

Wietekes’s art works spontaneously evolve from a certain object, for instance a brown bag, its first meaning, towards a work of art in which all the creases in the crumpled paper of the bag have been drawn with a marker pen, its second meaning. The third meaning, Wieteke says, is happiness for the artist. As much as disappearance and appearance are important for Heldens’s art, the history in between them is important, the history of the paper bags, of herself, of the world, of you.

The Legends

And like we can only imagine, not see, a person’s history, a town’s history, the world’s history, also in her ‘Legend’ paintings the observer cannot see the history, literally. ‘The Legend of The Hague and New york, the two cities where Wieteke lives and works, consist of a number of paintings, which have to be put behind each other, not next to each other. It is for the observer to imagine the history behind the present. Wieteke’s work is about her, but as much about you and me, about all of us in this evolving world.

CV Wieteke Heldens