Mark van Crombrugge

Mark van Crombrugge, born in 1954, took lessons at the St Lukas Institute in Brussels (1969-1975),
and subsequently worked at the K.I.K. in Brussels (Royal Institute for Art Heritage),
where he took a one-year course in restoration and conservation methods.

From 1981 to 1994 he worked as a designer, illustrator and photographer in the audiovisual sector in Brussels. From 1993 he was able to express his creativity in the advertising world, in particular the illustration.

From the early 90s onwards, he illustrated for large agencies, such as The Artbox in Brussels, Top Drawers in Amsterdan and Meiklejohn in London.

In Belgium he made illustrations for countless advertising campaigns and packaging, such as Danone, Mr Proper, ING, Nutroma, Spa, etc …

At the end of the 1990s, the traditional advertising illustration was almost completely repressed by its digital variant and photography. It forced him to take on various jobs, in addition to developing himself further in digital image processing and photo retouching, but in the end he fully committed himself to the traditional oil painting technique on panel, which he taught himself and further fine-tuned in 2009.

Around that time, the series of still-life still-life photographs that he made and finished at the end of 2015 was also created.

Mark van Crombrugge often works in themes. Not only still lifes, but also sea and beach scenes, a series about dancers and other themes are discussed.

In 2016 he is also realizing a series of portraits. Due to the enormous experience gained in a life of drawing and painting, he can effortlessly use various techniques with each other and with each other, always with an eye on quality and sustainability.

Craftsmanship is central, alongside an artistic experience. He has grown from an advertising illustrator to an artistic painter, with the same eye for detail as before, but adding an extra dimension that surpasses the external beauty with verve.

“I still believe in outer beauty, but it is no longer just the outer beauty of the objects or the subject itself, but the beauty of those same objects in relation to the essence of their content. This portrayal always remains a challenge and a reason to continue “.

His early work was shown both solo and in groups (London, Nice, Goteburg, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, New York, Ghent).