Dirk Eelen (°1974, Leuven, Belgium) lives and works in Leuven. Fully committed to the art of painting, Dirk Eelen has produced a large body of work that is investigating specific themes using 8mm films as the basis for his paintings. He also works from photographic material. Dirk Eelen explores their narratives by creating series through the depiction of carefully selected stills. His iconography is mainly figurative in a representational sense. Given the virtuosity of his painting technique, it is clear that Eelen has an interest in the long tradition of painting. His style draws on masters of the 17th-century. The smooth surface of his oil paintings on canvas is often referencing the tenebrist style by dark backgrounds. Dirk Eelen succeeds in establishing a contemporary approach to painting, by depicting his own perception on personal and collective memories with a particular intimacy.