About the artist
Marc Van Crombrugge, born in 1954, took lessons at the St Lukas Institute in Brussels (19691975), after which he worked among others. at the K.I.K. in Brussels (Royal Institute for Art Heritage), where he followed a one-year course in restoration and conservation methods. From 1981 to 1994, he worked as a designer, illustrator and photographer in Brussels in the audiovisual sector. From 1993 onwards, he was mainly able to use his creativity in the world of advertising, in particular illustration. He has been illustrating for major agencies, such as The Artbox in Brussels, Top Drawers in Amsterdan and Meiklejohn in London, since the early 1990s. In Belgium, he made illustrations for countless advertising campaigns and packaging, such as Danone, Mr Proper, ING, Nutroma, Spa, etc... By the end of the 1990s, traditional advertising illustration had been almost completely superseded by the digital version and photography. It forced him to take on various jobs, in addition to developing further in digital image editing and photo retouching, but in the end he got completely stuck in the traditional oil painting technique on panel, which he taught himself and further perfected in 2009. Around this period he also created a series of photorealist still lifes, which he painted and finished at the end of 2015. Marc 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 realising a series of portraits. Because of the enormous experience, gained in a life of drawing and painting, he can effortlessly use various techniques with each other and interchangeably, always with an eye on quality and durability. Craftsmanship is central, next to an artistic experience. From an advertising illustrator, he has grown into an artistic painter, with the same eye for detail as before, but adding an extra dimension that surpasses the outer beauty with verve.
"I still believe in external beauty, but it is no longer just the external beauty of the objects or the subject itself, but the beauty of those same objects in relation to the essence of their content. This depiction always remains a challenge and a reason to go further".
His early work was shown both solo and in group (London, Nice, Goteburg, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, New York, Ghent).