Scheltens & Abbenes (1972, 1970)

Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes are the sum total of a still-life photographer and the creative craftsmanship of an artist. Technical perfection added to individual handicraft, strong pictorial clarity in addition to tailor-made settings. They experiment with converting spatial dimensions into flat surfaces and explore photography’s potential for creating illusion. Essential to their work is their laboratory like studio where they construct their settings with an attitude of conceptualisation and solution-led thinking, regardless of whether they are editing or tackling commissioned or independent artistic work. 
 
Instead of presenting objects as plain sellable products, they often manipulate and utilize them as building blocks for new compositions. The autonomous artistic quality of the photograph always has to prevail. Scheltens & Abbenes deliberately choose to operate both in the field of applied and autonomous art and use them as breeding ground for one another. This approach resulted in showing their projects in cultural institutions such as Galliera Musee de la Mode Paris, Foam Amsterdam, Huis Marseille Amsterdam, The Kunsthal in Rotterdam and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Scheltens & Abbenes create commissioned photographs for fashion and design companies such as Paco Rabanne, Maison Martin Margiela, COS, Hermes, Scholten & Baijings, Arper, Muller van Severen, Arita, Mutina and editorials for magazines such as Fantastic Man, The Gentlewomen, Double, Pin-Up magazine, MacGuffin, The Plant and New York Times Magazine. Scheltens & Abbenes won a ICP Infinity Award, in New York.

Youtube

Youtube

July 3, 2019
'Kunst in de Blauwe Salon van Paleis Huis ten Bosch'

TLMAgazine

TLMAgazine

May 9, 2019
'Looking At Scheltens & Abbenes’ ‘ZEEN’

Volkskrant

Volkskrant

March 15, 2019
'Kunstenaarsechtpaar Scheltens en Abbenes over eigen werk in Foam: ‘We zijn bezig met een soort spel’

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

March 14, 2019
'Dutch duo Scheltens & Abbenes embrace the ordinary to create the extraordinary'

British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography

March 8, 2019
'Zeen by Scheltens & Abbenes'

Wall Street International

Wall Street International

June 23, 2018
'Scheltens & Abbenes'

De Volkskrant

June 9, 2018
'Smaak'

Arttube Video

Arttube Video

May 2, 2014
'Scheltens & Abbenes; Unfolded'

Mercedes-Benz Video

Mercedes-Benz Video

June 11, 2012
'The Art of Style: Scheltens & Abbenes'

Scheltens & Abbenes

'The Workers'

Sat 2 Jun 2018 - Sat 21 Jul 2018


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

PhotoFairs 2018

Scheltens & Abbenes, Ruth van Beek, Eva Stenram, Mona Kuhn, Freudenthal/Verhagen

Fri 23 Feb 2018 - Sun 25 Feb 2018


Art Fair
San Francisco (US)

UNSEEN Photo Fair 2016

Jan Rosseel, Scheltens & Abbenes

Fri 23 Sep 2016 - Sun 25 Sep 2016


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)