Artist Statement

I work primarily in the medium of painting. I am consistently inconsistent. In my work I always use personal experiences and thoughts. I turn these into abstract concepts. I make all my work according to a self-devised algorithm. I give myself instructions based on a starting position and work towards a desired result. It is my way of trying to get a grip on everything that is happening around us.


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Wieteke Heldens graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, in 2007. Since 2010, Heldens has alternately lived and worked in The Hague and New York. In New York, Wieteke is an Artist-in-Residence at the Flux Factory, where her work has been exhibited on numerous occasions. Heldens’ work has been shown internationally, including the Haags Gemeentemuseum in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Denmark, South Korea and the United States, among other places. Wieteke has also worked artist in residence in Chongqing, China. In 2013 Heldens won the Royal Prize for Painting in The Netherlands and the O-68 Award from the O-68 gallery in 2017. Wieteke is a recent recipient of a grant from The Mondriaan Fund for her project Behind the Pain’t  in New York. Wieteke Heldens is represented by Borzo Gallery in Amsterdam and Hans & Fritz Contemporary in Barcelona and London.

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