Jitske Schols works with a variety of mediums including photography, painting, drawing, collage and print making. Her main focus is portrait photography. She gained the Dutch National Portrait Prize in 2017.
Jitske became fascinated by the passing of time and what it does to people, things or histories after reading a book in the 1980s about the former residents of her childhood home who became an inexhaustible source of inspiration to her. In her artworks Schols often focusses on untold or forgotten stories, bringing history back to the present. Memories and imaginations play an important role. The materials and processes she uses often refer to the themes in her work.
After working for 20 years in communications, Schols decided to commit herself to photography. In short time she built up an impressive oeuvre with an own unique signature. She is known for her portraits in national dailies like Het Parool or AD Magazine if it wasn’t for the highly appreciated series of portraits, entitled ‘Zinvol Leven’ every Monday in the Volkskrant. Her portraits are black and white or with faded colors and immediately recognizable by their combination of simplicity, melancholy and rawness.
Works by her 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’.