Jitske Schols (b. 1969) is a Dutch visual artist based in Amsterdam. She has a background in communications and combines her interest in people and their stories with her love for photography and painting.

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

Schols’ work focuses on telling lost or untold ‘herstories’ as a counterpoint to all the stories of men in ‘history’. She often works on long-term projects where she thoroughly researches her subjects, using a combination of image and text to tell these women’s stories in a personal and intimate way.

Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, and she has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the Dutch National Portrait Prize and the Canon Zilveren Camera. Works by Schols are included in several corporate and museum collections.


2023: Women in Art by Kiekie Art, De Hallen Studio’s Amsterdam
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