Scheltens & Abbenes

Maurice Scheltens (1972) and Liesbeth Abbenes (1970) are the sum total of the unique talent of a still life photographer and the creative craftsmanship of an artist. Technical perfection added to individual handicraft, strong pictorial clarity in addition to tailormade settings. They experiment with converting spatial dimensions into flat surfaces and explore intensively photography’s potential for creating illusion. Essential to their work is the laboratory process in the studio where they construct their settings with an attitude of conceptualization and solutionled 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 Maison Martin Margiela, Valentino, Hermes, COS, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Scholten & Baijings, Arper, Vitra and Muller van Severen and editorials for magazines such as Fantastic Man, The Gentlewomen, Pin-Up magazine, The Plant and New York Times Magazine.

Scheltens & Abbenes won a ICP Infinity Award, in New York, for Fashion and Applied photography.

EXHIBITIONS:
Design Parade Neuf, Hyeres, 2014
Opening Exhibition, IMA Concept Store, Tokyo, 2014
Graphic Design, Futura, Prague, 2014
Photography now!, IMA Concept store, Tokyo, 2014
Valentino: Objects of Couture, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, 2013
Colour Installation, Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, 2013
De Herontdekking van de wereld, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, 2013
On the Edge, Garage, Rotterdam, 2013
Wit, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, 2013
Pass Through, Pastoe, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, 2013
Still lifes from 17th & 21st Century, Beeckestijn, Velzen-Zuid, 2013
I put this here, Limart Gallery, Tokyo, 2012 (solo)
Design & Foam, Foam, Amsterdam, 2012
Unfolded, Overview Exhibition, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, 2012 (solo)
The Photographers' Gallery, Print Sales, London, 2012
The I.P.H., Haw-lin, London, 2012
New Photographers, Danziger Gallery, New York, 2012
Still life, FOAM, Amsterdam, 2011
Playground, BIB Prijs, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, 2011
Detail In Reverse, Gallery van Zomeren, Amsterdam, 2011 (solo)
Cabinet, Flower Salon, Droogdesign, Amsterdam, 2010
Vitrine, Salon 1, Gallery van Zomeren, Amsterdam, 2010 (solo)
Milaan a/d Amstel, Vitra Nederland, Amsterdam, 2009 (solo)
Districtq, Museum N8, w139, Amsterdam, 2008

NOMINATIONS AND OTHER:
Jury member, Swiss Federal Design Awards, 2014
Jury Festival of Fashion & Photography Hyeres, 2013
Unfolded, Best Designed Dutch Books, 2012
Unfolded, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books, 2012
Unfolded, listed as The Best Books of 2012, Photo-Eye, 2012
ICP Infinity Award, fashion & commissioned photography, New York, 2012
Nomination BIB Awards, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, 2011

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)