Rob Scholte

Amsterdam, 1958

Amsterdam-born Rob Scholte studied at the city’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie from 1977 to 1982, subsequently joining the artists’ collective W139. Here he debuted together with Sandra Derks in 1982 with the ‘masterpiece’ Rom 87, a series of variations painted in free style on a book of children’s colouring pictures.

He went on to jettison this style in favour of minutely detailed paintings which he started to exhibit in the Living Room in 1984. Scholte’s works were selected for the prestigious Documenta in Kassel in1987 and in 1990 he was commissioned for the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

For Scholte, there is no such thing as originality: reproductions play a major role in his art. Reproductions ensure that a work reaches out to the largest possible audience, and that’s why the most frequently reproduced work of art is the most important, he once stated. In a precise, realist style (as if it were already a reproduction) Scholte copies existing images from the media, publicity and picture books.

In 1986 he caused a furore with Utopia, a copied postcard that drew accusations of flagrant plagiarism. Scholte’s work played on Manet’s Olympia, portraying its reclining nude and her black servant as wooden artist’s puppets. That idea was not new, but derived from a work by an automaton maker pictured on a little-known postcard, an art critic charged. Scholte countered the accusation with a massive canvas depicting the newspaper article in question.

In 1991 Scholte won the commission for a massive frieze for the walls and ceiling of the Huis Ten Bosch Resort in Nagasaki, Japan. The mural, measuring 1200 square metres, took Scholte and his large team of assistants years to complete. Entitled Après nous le déluge, it took as its theme the continued recurrence of war through history.

During this period Scholte survived an attempt on his life, although the car bomb cost him both his legs. Nevertheless the Nagasaki masterpiece was completed on time. It was unveiled on August 9, 1995 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the nuclear bomb attack on Nagasaki.

 

Editions

Nostalgia

screenprint on canvas
1988
80 x 115 cm
Edition 10
€ 3.500

Chlamydia

screenprint on canvas
1988
80 x 115 cm
Edition 10
€ 3.500

Schilder Worden

screenprint
1989
61 x 53 cm
Edition 120
€ 750

Strippenkaart

screenprint
1990
80 x 58 cm
Edition 125
€ 750

Polkadot

screenprint
1993
50 x 66 cm
Edition 125
€ 750

Jaloezie

etching
1994
54 x 48 cm
Edition 250
€ 750

Golden Horizon I

screenprint
1995
100 x 65 cm
Edition 16
€ 1.250

Golzen Horizon II

screenprint
1995
100 x 65 cm
Edition 16
€ 1.250

Golden Horizon III

screenprint
1995
100 x 65 cm
Edition 16
€ 1.250

Goldon Horizon IV

screenprint
1995
100 x 65 cm
Edition 16
€ 1.250

Golden Horizon V

screenprint
1995
104 x 65 cm
Edition 16
€ 1.250

Golden horizon

screenprint on canvas
1995
100 x 65 cm
Edition 3
€ 1.750

Carrière

screenprint
1998
63 x 90 cm
Edition 100
€ 550

Obsessie

screenprint
1998
63 x 90 cm
Edition 100
€ 550

Pacifisme

screenprint
1998
63 x 90 cm
Edition 100
€ 550

Wall of Fire

screenprint
1998
63 x 90 cm
Edition 100
€ 550

Copyright

screenprint
1999
90 x 90 cm
Edition 1000
€ 350

Ons Dagelijks Brood

screenprint
2004
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Tranendal

screenprint
2004
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Reproductie Verplicht

screenprint
2004
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Illustratie

screenprint
2005
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Mastercard

screenprint
2005
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Olympisch Vuur

screenprint
2005
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Omgekeerde Wereld I

screenprint
2005
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Omgekeerde wereld II

screenprint
2005
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Rob Scholte

screenprint
2006
81 x 98 cm
Edition 100
€ 750

De Angst

screenprint
2006
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

3 Gratiën

screenprint
2006
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Nachtlicht

screenprint
2007
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

Apres Nous le Deluge 1

screenprint
2009
49 x 70 cm
Edition 200
€ 550

Apres Nous le Deluge 2

screenpint
2009
49 x 70 cm
Edition 200
€ 550

Apres Nous le Deluge 3

screenprint
2009
49 x 70 cm
Edition 200
€ 550

If this were

screenprint
2009
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

On the Origin of Species

screenprint
2009
121 x 81 cm
Edition 111
€ 850

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