🎨 STUDIO VISIT: William Heimdal does a one-hour painting session on a new self-portrait | The Cave of Apelles

William Heimdal, or “Prince William” as his master has nicknamed him, swapped comic books for the old masters in his mid teens. Chiefly inspired by Odd Nerdrum’s work, and having studied for a period with his son, Öde, Heimdal’s work has already reached an impressive quality.

An original member of the Memorosa Group, Heimdal follows strict dogma that forbids him from using photos as well as blue and green pigments. He works from live model, and aims at crafting stories instead of pictures. To see it for myself, I attend an hour long session with Heimdal to witness the benefits of a constrained approach.

▶️ The full one-hour video: https://bit.ly/3dBzTfg

Video produced by Bork Nerdrum and Jan-Ove Tuv.

Dean Anthony
Fergus Ryan
Michael Irish
Shaun Roberts
Jared Fountain
Anders Berge Christensen
Stacey Evangelista
Alastair Blain
Erik Lasky
Jack Warner
Herman Borge
Hårek Jordal Andreassen


MUSIC in this video:
Symphony no. 94 in G ‘Surprise’, H. I:94 – I

Vivaldi Bach – Concerto Grosso, D minor
I. Introduction Fugue & II. Sicilianna Finale

Maria Callas – Vincenzi Bellini – Il Pirata

All three performed by European Archive and in the public domain.


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"