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 Old Lyme, CT; the Albrecht Kemper Museum in MO; the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY and the U.S. Embassy and Coast Guard Art Collections. He has received more than 150 awards, most recently an Award of Excellence in the 33rd International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; the Samuel T. Shaw Award in New York’s Salmagundi Club’s 129th Combined Annual Exhibition. Also in 2012 and 2013 his work has taken prizes at the Copley Society of Boston; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts National; Academic Artists National, 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, plus his painting “Tidwart Twilight” is featured in their December 2013 calendar. In 2006 Del was the first artist to be awarded the newly minted Robert Sanstrom Gold Medal 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 the Silver Medal of Honor from Allied Artists of America.
In 2002, American Artist magazine published the first article on Del’s paintings, with follow-up 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).
Del is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA); 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; Providence Art Club and Elected Artist Member of the Copley Society in Boston, MA; Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT; Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT 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 has also had solo, duo and group shows. In 2013 he had solo shows at the Hughes Gallery in FL; Salmagundi Club, NY and Courtyard Gallery, Mystic, CT. Del has been represented by the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport where he has been included in all their exhibitions since 1999; recently the American Masters at SCNY; ASMA’s 15th National Touring Exhibition (2012 & 2013) and “The Art of Conservation 2012 – 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 for a number of not-for-profits including; the Salmagundi and Providence art Clubs; Lyme Art Association and Mystic Art Center. He often juries regional and national exhibitions and he is a well-respected auctioneer. As a strong believer in the importance of giving back to the environment and the greater community, Del donates his paintings and time to various organizations including; Sea Research Foundation; Alliance for Living; Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality; Waterford Country School and the Artists Fellowship.