Dutch artist Wim Helden to win the BP portrait prize

The first prize of the BP National Portrait Award 2011 was awarded to Dutch painter Wim Heldens for his work 'Distracted'.

The jury found Wim Heldens' work "a quiet but evocative study" but also "an outstanding work in the midst of a truly diverse field of new portraits". The Dutch painter has exhibited for the BP Portait Award back in 1998, 2008 and 2010, but now it was Heldens turn to win the BP Portrait Award.

For 'Distracted' he portrayed Jeroen, a 25-year-old philosophy student Wim Heldens has known for many years. 'I have been fascinated with painting Jeroen in all stages of life through growing up. While I have painted him many times in groups, once in a while there is the desire to paint a simple portrait of just him. Now, he is an intelligent and sensitive young man.'

The official award presentation was being held on June 15th, but you can view Wim Heldens award winning piece in the National Portrait Gallary in London as the exhibition runs from 16 June until 18 September 2011.

For more information about the BP Portrait Award please visit the official website