Instructors > Rutger van Bruggen
core instructor, drawing
Rutger van Bruggen (1987) lives and works as a fine art painter in the South-Holland town of Gorinchem.
From a young age, he has been fascinated by the works of the old masters and the intricacies of their crafts. Originally he wanted to become a blacksmith, but found his way into the world of painting when he was in his late teens.
After beginning as a self-taught painter, Rutger pursued classical training in drawing and painting since 2018. He has studied with Andreas Birath, Danny Ferland, and has been a student at DARA since 2019, where he was eventually asked to teach.
From his hometown Gorinchem, Rutger paints still lifes, portraits, land- and seascapes sometimes large and sometimes tiny. Both classical and contemporary subjects can be seen in his art, but a love for studying the masters stays visible in his work. Rutger also very much likes going out and painting en plein air.
You can find more of his work on his website: