Jitske Schols finds that in her work, memories and imaginations from the past play an important role. She grew up on an estate that was inhabited and visited by many great artists over the centuries. This forms an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Her work is strongly influenced by those late nineteenth century Dutch artists who lived and worked at the same place where she grew up a hundred years later.
After a 20-year career in communications, she changed course in 2013 and became a freelance commercial & editorial (portrait) photographer. Her clients range from newspapers & magazines (Het Parool, PS van de Week, Volkskrant, AD Magazine, HUMAN Magazine and more) to advertising agencies to singers to writers to politicians to galleries and so on.
Works by Jitske Schols was shown at the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam in the exhibition ‘Ode to an Amsterdammer’ organized by Dutch National Portrait Gallery and at the art gallery Vlieland Maritiem Art. In 2017 she won the Dutch National Portrait Prize for the best portrait of 2016. Het Parool, Volkskrant and AD belong to her regular customer base.
Hogeschool INHOLLAND | Haarlem | 1989
Photo Basel | Galerie Caroline O’Breen (NL) | Switzerland (CH)
Dutch masters and marvelous misfits |Fotofestival Naarden | Naarden (NL)
Haute Photographie | Art Rotterdam | Rotterdam (NL)
ms Oranje / Changing course Koers | Het Scheepvaartmuseum | Amsterdam (NL)
Songs for soprano | duo exhibition | gallery Caroline O’Breen | Amsterdam (NL)
SPROUT | De Engelbewaarder | Amsterdam (NL)
FACE TIME | Dutch National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with ‘Kunst en Cultuur in Beweging’ and the Dutch Railways | Several train stations (NL)
Ode aan een Amsterdammer | Het Scheepvaartmuseum | Amsterdam (NL)
Summer expo | Galerie Vlieland Maritiem Art | Vlieland (NL)
Affordable Art Fair | Amsterdam (NL)
Affordable Art Fair | Stockholm (SE)
Berlin Foto Biennale and 4th Biennal of Fine Art Photography | Berlin (DE). Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2016 | Kuala Lumpur (MY). Affordable Art Fair | New York (VS)
Art Southampton | New York (VS)
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead | London (ENG)
Kunst RAI | Amsterdam (NL)
Scope | Basel (CH)
Identity Kit | The Public House of Art | Amsterdam (NL)
Shortlist | Athens Photo Festival | Athens (GR)
Winters Binnen Festival | Amsterdam (NL)
Prizes and nominations
Nominated for De Tegel award in the category ‘interview’
2nd Prize at Zilveren Camera Awards, section ‘People in the news’
Winner Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2017 – Finalist
Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2016 – Finalist
8th Edition of the Julia Cameron Awards for Women Photographers – Finalist. 2014
SO 2014 – Nomination.
GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2015.
Cultuurprijs Noord – Nomination.