Ceseli Josephus Jitta
For Ceseli Josephus Jitta (b. 1952), independent artwork and the creation of picture books are different forms of expression for her artistic skill. That skill is considerable and multi-faceted and has been honed at the Académie Julien (Paris) and the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam). She takes a daring approach to both her art and her picture books, employing a variety of techniques and bold colours. Her first picture book, Jan Jappie en de Veelvraat (1999) was promptly rewarded with a ‘Vlag en Wimpel’ and the illustrations were selected for the exhibition Dutch Oranges (Bologna, 2001). Jitta’s lively and varied compositions are always surprising. Furthermore, she avoids any overlap of text and picture, which means her stories can be seen and listened to on different levels, lending a poetic subtlety to the everyday. Lola en de leasekat is her fifth large-format picture book.