Auto portrait (2021)

Jitske Schols (b. 1969, Rotterdam, Holland) works with a variety of mediums including photography, painting, drawing, collage and print making. Her main focus is portrait photography and painting. She gained the Dutch National Portrait Prize in 2017.

Schols studies themes such as time and space and revives lost female histories, bringing history back to the present. The artist became fascinated by the passing of time after reading a book in the 1980s about the former residents of her childhood home who became an inexhaustible source of inspiration to her. Memories and imaginations play an important role. The materials and processes she uses often refer to the themes in her work. More about that in her artist statement.

After working for 20 years in communications, Schols decided to commit herself to art. She is known for her photographic portraits in national dailies like Het Parool, Volkskrant or AD Magazine. Her portraits are black and white or with faded colours and immediately recognizable by their combination of simplicity, melancholy and style.

Works by Schols were shown at the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam in the exhibition ‘Ode to an Amsterdammer’ organized by Dutch National Portrait Gallery and in the same museum in the exhibition ‘MS Oranje | Koers gewijzigd’. She exhibited at Photo Festival Naarden with her photo essay on the life and times of Anna Witsen: ‘Songs for soprano’. At the moment her work is shown in a group exhibition in Köln.


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