Born in Antwerp, November 1931. He inherited the
interest for sea and ships from his father, a
ship-owner in the coastal trade and a keen ship
model builder. While studying art crafts in Antwerp
as silversmith, engraving and metal chasing, he
spent all his summer holidays sailing on fathers coasters. Starting from 1946 to
1949 he sailed the English - Scottish, German,
Swedish and Finnish coasts.
In 1955 he started regatta sailing and is now
skipper of the sailing yacht “Santanna” on which he
cruised extensively in the Channel and Mediterranean.
Between 1957 and 1967 he was commissioned by the
National Maritime Museum in Antwerp to restore
several ship models. As an autodidact painter he
obtained the second price for marine painting in the
1968 competition organised by the Belgian State
In the late seventies, as rear commodore of the
Ocean Cruising Club, continental section, he
organised several non- stop rallies to Lisbon.
In 1989 he joined a group of marine painters and is
co-founder of the association of Belgian Marine
Painters, and is now the president. He is mentioned
in the edition 2000 of the “DICTIONNARY OF
SEA PAINTERS OF EUROPE AND AMERICA” by the late E.H.
Archibald, conservator of oil paintings, Greenwich
In addition to the yearly exhibitions by the
association of Belgian Marine Painters, he has had
personal exhibitions in Holland, on board of the
ram cruiser “Schorpioen”, in France at the "Musée
Portuaire", Dunkirk at the "Fondation Provoust" near
Lille and was invited by the "Academia de Marinha",
Lisbon, to represent the Belgian delegation at their
National Exhibition in 1994. In 2001 , together with
some other Belgian marine Painters, they participated
as guests of honour to the 2001“Salon de la Marine”
in the "Palais de Chaillot" in Paris.
In July 16 2000, he was honoured "Official Painter
of the Belgian Navy" by Admiral M.Verhulst.
stafchef of the Belgian Navy.
His work covers many old sailing ships, old steamers,
and memories of his sailing days from just after the
war. He likes to depict naval encounters from both
world wars and was commissioned with many paintings
for his fellow yachtsmen. His techniques are oil,
acrylics and watercolours.
Bob De Bruycker
Bakkerstraat, 45 - BE 2140 Borgerhout - 03 271 09 71
e-mail : email@example.com
on river Thames
Baron op de Schelde