Auto portrait (2021)

Artist Jitske Schols (b. 1969, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) works with various techniques including photography, painting and collage. Currently her focus is on painting.

Schols studies themes such as time and space and brings lost histories back to the present. The artist became fascinated by the passage of time after reading a book in the 1980s about the former residents of her parental home, who became a special source of inspiration for her. Her autonomous work is characterized by telling (her)stories. More in her artist statement.

I am not trying to paint reality. What I paint is just my imagination.

Schols first gained recognition as an artist when winning the Dutch National Portrait Prize for the best photographic portrait in 2017. She now is known for her photographic portraits in national newspapers. During the corona period, Schols exchanged her camera for the brush and made a series of paintings entitled ‘Never no’ about Caresse Crosby, the inventor of the bra and the series ‘As it goes’ inspired by the story of her own great-grandmother.

Works by Schols have previously been shown in the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam, at Fotofestival Naarden or at her Amsterdam gallery Caroline O’Breen. Her work is included in several corporate collections. Some of her paintings are currently on display in a group exhibition at Galerie Rompone in Cologne.


2022: Jury member De Beeldmakers
2022: Solo exhibition MADAMADAM, Stadsmuseum Harderwijk
2021: Group exhibition Gelée Royale at Galerie Rompone in Köln, Germany
2021: 2nd Prize at Zilveren Camera Awards, section ‘Portraits series’ with Lockdown portraits
2021: Exhibition ‘Shreds of Eve’ at Galerie Multiplemadé 2020: Longlist Dutch National Portrait Prize
2020: Nominated for SO Awards 2020
2020: Haute Photographie, Rotterdam
2019: Longlist Dutch National Portrait Prize
2019: Photo Basel, Switzerland
2019: Fotofestival Naarden themed ‘Dutch masters and marvelous misfits’
2019: Interview series ‘The meaning of life’ (Volkskrant) of Fokke Obbema (accompanied by my portraits) nominated for ‘De Tegel’ award in the category ‘interview’
2019: Haute Photographie, Rotterdam
2018: Exhibition ms Oranje | Changing course Koers from September 8th 2018 – July 18th 2019 in Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the National Maritime Museum)
2018: ‘Songs for soprano’ a duo exhibition with Maarten van Schaik at gallery Caroline O’Breen
2018: Exhibition ‘SPROUT’ at De Engelbewaarder
2018: 2nd Prize at Zilveren Camera Awards, section ‘People in the news’
2017: Winner Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
2017: Exhibition ‘FACE TIME’ curated by Dutch National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with ‘Kunst en Cultuur in Beweging’ and the Dutch Railways NS
2017: Participation exhibition ‘Ode aan een Amsterdammer’ @ Het Scheepvaartmuseum by Dutch National Portrait Gallery
2017: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawardsshow 2017
2017: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2017 – Finalist
2017: Summer expo Galerie Vlieland Maritiem Art
2017: Representation by Mrs. Robinson
2017: Lumen Photo member
2016: Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
2016: Affordable Art Fair Stockholm
2016: Berlin Foto Biennale and 4th Biennial of Fine Art Photography
2016: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawardsshow 2016
2016: Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2016 – Finalist
2016: Affordable Art Fair New York
2016: Art Southampton, NYC
2016: Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London
2016: Kunst RAI Amsterdam, Holland
2016: Scope Basel
2016: The Public House of Art, Identity Kit exhibition
2016: 8th Edition of the Julia Cameron Awards for Women Photographers – Finalist
2015: Athens Photo Festival 2015 – Shortlist
2014: SO 2014 – Nomination
2014: GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2015
2014: Cultuurprijs Noord – Nomination
2014: Winters Binnen Festival