Marie Cécile Thijs

Full collection Marie Cécile Thijs available at
SmithDavidson Gallery.

Marie Cécile Thijs is a Dutch artist with a distinctive signature. Her portraits are still lifes and her still lifes become portraits. Objects become characters. They move away from their daily destination, away from time and space. That provides intriguing creations, where elements like tranquility, dynamics and sometimes also humor meet. In her work the unusual is natural.

Photographs of Marie Cécile Thijs - in terms of light and color - are reminiscent of the Golden Age. The old masters in painting are a major source of inspiration. At the same time her work is totally contemporary. She is specialised in staged photography, and created the series White Collar, Food Portraits, Cooks, Horses and Human Angels, which are still in progress to this day.

For the serie White Collar (since 2009) she photographed an authentic seventeenth century ruff collar from the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, which she later processed in her portraits using digital techniques.

Marie Cécile Thijs gained fame with her autonomous work. In addition, she has portrayed many writers, politicians and artists. She has been fascinated by photography since her youth, but began her career as a lawyer. In her late twenties, she rediscovered the camera and a few years later made the shift to life as a photographer. "For me it was love at second sight," says Marie Cécile Thijs. Meanwhile, she has many exhibitions and has received international awards. In 2014 she won the first prize in the International Photography Masters Cup with her photograph ‘Chickpeas’. In 2010, the photograph ‘Girl with White Collar at Table’ was selected for a photo prize by the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Her work is included in several museum collections, among those are the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Rotterdam Museum. 

Marie Cecile Thijs had her first retrospective in Museum aan het Vrijthof Maastricht in 2015. Also her work has been exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht and Art Miami in the same year. 

In 2016 she was part of the exhibition Dutch Identity in Museum De Fundatie Zwolle. Also her photographs were exhibited in the EU 2016 paviljon in Amsterdam on the occasion of the chairmanship of the European Union as part of the selection of the National Portrait Gallery. Most recent she took part in the Exhibition 'Beauty and the Beast' in the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and the exhibition 'Hemels Rembrandt' at the Rembrandt Tower Boardroom, Amsterdam.

SmithDavidson Gallery hosts the solo exhbition 'Argentum' by Marie Cécile Thijs at the Amsterdam gallery in 2016, and the SOLO retrospective in 2019

In 2018, some of the iconic Food Portraits by Marie Cécile Thijs will be present during the exhibition "WE ARE FOOD - OVER DE KUNST VAN VOEDSEL" to be held at the Jan Cunen Museum from 25 February to 16 September. 


2019    SOLO Marie Cécile Thijs - SmithDavidson Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2019    "Panorama Tulipland 3.0 - Building blocks for a new museum", Museum de   Zwarte Tulp, Lisse, The Netherlands
2019     Art New York, SmithDavidson Gallery, Miami, USA
2019     Photo London, SmithDavidson Gallery, Miami, USA
2018     Solo exhibition ‘Tussen Hemel en Aarde’, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, The Netherlands
2018    BLOOM, Karmelklooster, Drachten, The Netherlands
2018    The Unusual Is Natural, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, Italy
2018   Miami Country Day School, Miami, USA
2018    TEFAF Maastricht, SmithDavidson Gallery, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2018    WE ARE FOOD - over de kunst van voedsel, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, The Netherlands
2017    FOOD! Eten in de kunst en design van nu, Museum Nairac, Barneveld, The   Netherlands
2017    Solo Exhibition, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2017    Solo Exhibition, ‘Marie Cécile Thijs’ Galerie Catherine Niederhauser, Lausanne,              Switzerland
2017   TEFAF Maastricht, SmithDavidson Gallery, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2017   Solo exposition Marie Cécile Thijs, Casa Tua, Aspen, Colorado, USA
2016   'Stills in Motion', 10 Corso Como Gallery, Shanghai, China
2016   'Argentum' Solo Exhibition, SmithDavidson Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2016   'Hemels Rembrandt' in collaboration with Rembrandthuis, Rembrandt                  Tower Boardroom, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
2016   'Mix and Match' Exhibition, SmithDavidson Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2016   'BAL', Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, The Netherlands
2016   'Beauty and the Beast, the Animal in Photography', MOPA, San Diego, USA
2016   Art New York, New York, USA
2016   TEFAF Maastricht, SmithDavidson Gallery, The Netherlands
2016   Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2016   Exhibition Museum de Fundatie - Dutch Identity, Zwolle, The Netherlands
2016   Pavillion Chairmanship European Union, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015   Art Miami | SmithDavidson Gallery, December 1st until December 6th, Miami
2015   Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco | SmithDavidson Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2015   Solo Exhibition Museum aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2015   TEFAF Maastricht, The Netherlands
2014   1st Place - International Masters Cup | Category Food | Chickpeas  
2014   Exhibition at Sotheby's Paris, France
2014   Presentation on Mediawand Rotterdamse Schouwburg
2014   Participation The Big Art Calender Rotterdam | Rotterdamse Kunstkalender
2013   Publication Book Characters | Publisher Lecturis
2013   Portrait Salinero  included in the collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
2013   Top 3 International Masters Cup - Category Fine Art | White Collar & Majestic
2013   Part of selection committee Fotofestival Naarden
2012   Exhibition Melkweg Gallery The Last Dance | Highlights by curator Suzanne  Dechert
2012   Awarded in the International Photography Awards IPA | Unicorn
2012   Exhibition at New York photofestival Photoville | Cooks, New York, USA
2012   Nominated for a Magneet for Campaign Jonge Meesters for lawfirm Pels Rijcken
2011   Awarded in the International Photography Awards IPA | White Collar & Cooks
2011   Awarded in the Hasselblad Masters Competition | White Collar
2011   Exhibition Fotofestival Naarden, The Netherlands
2011   Exhibition in Supreme Court The Hague | Legal Practitioners, The Hague, The Netherlands
2010   Selected by the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago for the Art of Photography Show 2010 | White Collar. Chicago, USA
2010   Awarded in Masters Cup of the International Color Awards | Human Angels
2009   Selected by FotoMuseum Antwerpen for international exhibition, Antwerp, Belgium
2007   Solo exhibition Melkweg Gallery Amsterdam | Portraits, The Netherlands
1999   Photobook Roomse Rituelen, publisher Ad. Donker Rotterdam

Born in Heerlen on December 27th, 1964

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