Contemporary realist Del-Bourree Bach is known for his striking and almost tactile depictions of man and nature. Although many are inspired by the sea and the life in and around it, he enjoys painting many subjects from rural farms to western vistas to city sidewalks. His paintings invite viewers to enter into the scene and challenge them to create their own stories. Primarily a studio painter, he works mainly in acrylic, but occasionally enjoys transparent watercolor.
Del’s work is included in many private and public collections including the Florence Griswold Museum in CT, the Albrecht Kemper Museum in MO, the Salmagundi Club New York and the U.S. Embassy and Coast Guard Art Collections. He has received more than 150 awards in national and international competitions, including two Awards of Excellence at the 31st and 33rd International Marine Art Exhibitions at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport; the Samuel T. Shaw Award at the Salmagundi Club of New York’s 129th Combined Annual Exhibition 2013 and The Ralph Fabri Medal and Award at the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic 2013 Exhibit. In 2014 his work has received awards at the Slater Museum, Copley Society of Boston, and Mystic Arts Center among others. He was also recently honored by Artists for Conservation for “Artistic Excellence and Extraordinary Dedication to Conservation” and he was a triple finalist in the Artists‘ Magazine competition 2012 and his painting “Tidewater Twilight” was featured in December 2013 in their calendar. In 2006 he was the first artist to be awarded the newly minted Robert Sanstrom Gold Medal and prize by the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. In 2003 he received the George Gray Award from the United States Coast Guard and in 2011 and the Silver Medal of Honor from Allied Artists of America.
American Artist magazine published the first article on Del’s paintings in 2002. This has been followed by features in the Artists’ Magazine (2002), International Artist (Master Painters of the World 2003), Watercolor Magic (2005), American Art Collector (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and Fine Art Connoisseur (2010).
Bach is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Artists for Conservation, Society of Animal Artists, Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League (Fellow), Audubon Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Salmagundi Club of New York and Providence Art Club and an elected artist member of the Copley Society in Boston, Lyme Art Association, Mystic Arts Center and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts among others. In 2009 he was named to the Paint America Masters Circle, an honor he shares with only a dozen artists nationwide.
Represented by galleries through out the country, Del regularly has solo, duo and group shows. Solo shows in 2013 at Hughes Gallery in Florida, Salmagundi Club, NY, Courtyard Gallery in CT, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, American Society of Marine Artists 15th National (touring 8 museums nationwide in 2012 and 2013) and “The Art of Conservation 2013 – an International Exhibit of Nature in Art”.
Del and his wife, Kristen moved to their Mystic, CT home, “Pirate Hill”, in 2003 after 30 years of apartment dwelling in New York City. Aside from his own painting, Del is involved in many aspects of the art community. He has served on boards and art committees of a number of not-for profits including the Salmagundi and Providence Art Clubs, Lyme Art Association and Mystic Arts Center. He often juries regional and national exhibitions and he is also well respected as an auctioneer.