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 is known for her photographic portraits in national newspapers. During the corona period, Schols exchanged her camera for the brush and is now entirely dedicated to painting.

Works by Schols are included in several corporate and museum collections.


2022: Anna Singer Art Exhibition, Vrienden van Stichting Singer Laren – Singer Laren
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