Del-Bourree Bach

Del-Bourree Bach

Contemporary realist Del-Bourree Bach has been a working professional painter for the last 40 years. He 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 200 awards in national and international competition, including three Awards of Excellence at the International Exhibition of Marine Art at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Best in Show and Best Painting in Acrylic in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Best of America, where he is one of only about a dozen artists who have achieved Master status. Recently in 2019, Del received a First Place Prize at the Lyme Art Association, in Old Lyme, CT. In 2017, he received the Grand Prize at the Third Acadia Invitational in Maine and in 2018 he received the Curator’s Award for the Most Significant Contribution to American Masters at the exhibit’s 10th Anniversary. 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. He has received the George Gray Award from the United States Coast Guard and the Silver Medal of Honor from Allied Artists of America. His paintings have also recently received awards at the Slater Museum, Salmagundi Club New York, Copley Society of Boston, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, American Artists Professional League, Providence Art Club and Academic Artists among others. He has been honored by Artists for Conservation for “Artistic Excellence and Extraordinary Dedication to Conservation."

American Artist magazine published the first article on Del’s paintings in 2002. This has been followed by features in The Artists Magazine (2002, 2014), International Artist (Master Painters of the World 2003), Watercolor Magic (2005), American Art Collector (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017), Acrylic Artist (2014) and Fine Art Connoisseur (2010, 2014, 2016), and Ink Magazine in 2018.

Represented by galleries throughout the country, Del regularly has solo, duo and group shows. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include American Masters at SCNY  10th Anniversary Exhibition (New York), the 40th International Exhibition of Marine Art at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, “The Art of Conservation 2019 – an International Exhibit of Nature in Art”, The Winners’ Circle Exhibition in Bar Harbor, ME and a three person show at Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, CT.

Bach is a signature member or exhibiting artist 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 (Master), National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, International Society of Acrylic Painters, Salmagundi Club of New York and Providence Art Club, Copley Society in Boston (Copley Artist), Lyme Art Association, Mystic Museum of Art and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts among others.  

Del has served on boards and Art Committees of a number of not-for profits including the American Society of Marine Artists, Salmagundi and Providence Art Clubs, Mystic Museum of Art and Lyme Art Association He is well respected as a judge of regional and national exhibitions and also charity auctioneer. 

Awards, Exhibitions and Competitions
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2nd annual Best of America Small Paintings Exhibition (Texas) 2019
            Best Painting by a Master or Signature Member (I am one of only a dozen Master Artists)
Salmagundi Spring Auctions Exhibition 2019
            George Inness Jr SCNY Award
Lyme Art Association 98th Annual Elected Artists Juried Exhibition 2019: First Prize
Academic Artists 69th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism 2019
            Academic Artists Excellence Award in Acrylics
Copley Society Small Works "Evolving" 2019
           Award of Merit (this is the ninth award received there so I became a Copley Master)
United States Coast Guard Art Program 2001-2019 - George Gray Award – 2003 
United States Embassy Art Program 
The Art of Conservation, an International Exhibition of Nature in Art 2009 – 2019
            AFC Award for Excellence and Dedication to Conservation 
Arts for the Parks Competition – National Parks Foundation 
            Top 100/200 Exhibition 2000, 2002-2006
            Mini 50/100 Exhibition 2002-2006– Region Two Winner 2003 
Paint the Parks – Celebrating America’s National Parks – Top 100/Mini 50 – 2007 - 2011
Paint America (Masters Circle) – Top 100 and Mini 50 – 2007 - 2012
American Society of Marine Artists
            17th National Exhibition 2015-2017 – 6 Museum National Tour
            16th National Exhibition 2014, 15th National Exhibition 2011-2013
            14th National Exhibition/30th Anniversary 2008-2009
            12th National Exhibition 2001, 13th National Exhibition 2004
            Region 1 (New England) Exhibition 2008
            Region Two Exhibition 2002
International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, CT 1998-2019
             Award of Excellence 2010, 2012, 2016
Modern Marine Masters Exhibition, Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, CT 2001-2019
American Masters at the Salmagundi Club, NY – 2008 (Inaugural Year) – 2018
            Patron’s Choice Award - 2014
            Curator’s Award for the Most Significant Contribution to American Masters - 2018
Third Acadia Invitational 2017-2018
            Acadia Award (Grand Prize) and People’s Choice Award 
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Annual Exhibit 1996 – 2019
            Robert Sanstrom Prize and Gold Medal 2006,(First recipient of this award) 
            Arches Paper Award 2010, Art Students League Award 2009
            Howard Mandel Memorial Award 2005, A.E.S. Peterson Memorial Award 2004,
            John L. Newman Medal 2001, Ralph Fabri Medal of Merit 1998, 2013, Winsor Newton Award, 2015
            Gerry Linfest Award for American Art 2017, A.E.S. Peterson Award 2018
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, “Best of America” Exhibition 2002 – 2018
            Best Painting by a Master or Signature Member 2017
            Best Acrylic Painting 2016 
            Award of Excellence 2014, Award of Merit 2007, Award of Excellence for Narrative Art 2005
            Best of Show 2003, M. Graham & Co. Artists Colors Award 2002
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society “Best Of America” Small Paintings 2018-2019
            Best Painting by a Master or Signature Member 2019
American Artists Professional League Grand National, NYC 1999, 2002-2018
            Salmagundi Club Award 2017, Alden Bryan Memorial Award 2014
            Audubon Artists Award 2006, Award of Merit 2010, 2005, 2003
            Frank C. Wright Memorial Award 2002, Helen G. Ochler Memorial Award 1999
Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition, NYC 1998, 1999, 2002, 2009 - 2019
            The Katlan Family Seascape Award 2017, Silver Medal of Honor 2011
            American Artists Professional League Award for Traditional Realism 2009 
            Strathmore Paper Company Award 1998
Audubon Artists Annual National Exhibition, NYC 1998, 2000-2019
            Elaine and James Hewitt Award 2009
            Honorable John M.Angelini Award 2008, New York Central Award 2007 
            Dick Blick Award 2000, 2014
The Artists Magazine Competition 
            Third Prize, Animal and Wildlife 2014
            Triple Finalist 2012 and calendar feature/Double Finalist 2011, 2005(Calendar feature)/Finalist 2007(Artist of the Month), 2006, 2004, 2002 (Competition Spotlight)
Copley Society of Art, Boston – Award of Merit 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Guild of Boston Artists New England Representational Painting Competition 2008, 2010, 2013
Academic Artists Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism
            Academic Artists Excellence Award in Acrylic 2018, 2019,
            H. K Holbein Acrylic Award 2017Bob Kadis Award 2012, 
            Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Traditional Landscape 2011,
           Samuel E. Armour Memorial Award 2010, 2013, Art Patrons Award 2008, Honor Award 2006
Salmagundi Club New York Annual Combined and Thumb Box Exhibitions 1980-2018
            D. Wu and Elsie Ject-Key Memorial award 2016
            Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Award, 2012, Antonio Cirino Memorial Award 2011,
            John N. Lewis Memorial Award 2009,
            Elliot Liskin Memorial Award 2008 Thumb Box,
            D.Wu and Elsie Ject-Key Memorial Award 2007, John N. Lewis Memorial Award 2006 Thumb BoxGwynne 
            Lennon Prize–Watermedia 1999, Leo M. Loeb Memorial                                 Award-Oil/Acrylic 1999 
Salmagundi Club New York Auction Exhibitions 1980 – 2019
            George Inness SCNY Award 2019
            Richard Pionk SCNY Award 2017, Kent Dey and Helen Coos Award 2016 
            Frederick S. Church SCNY Award 2015, F. BALLARD Williams Award 2014 
            Bruce Crain SCNY Award 2012, Richard C. Pionk SCNY Award 2011
            Joseph Hartley SCNY Award 2010, Edwin H. Blashfield SCNY Award 2009 
            Louis Comfort Tiffany Award 2007, Bruce Crane SCNY Award 2006 
            Edwin A. Abbey SCNY Award 2005, Silvio Valerio SCNY Award 2004
            Emil Carlsen SCNY Award 2002, Gary Drubeck Award 2002, Hobart Nichols SCNY Award 2001
            Frederick S. Church SCNY Award 2001
           John F. O’Dwyer Memorial Award 2000, John LaFarge SCNY Award 1999
           W. Granville Smith SCNY Award 1997,George C. Maynard Memorial Award 1996
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual Open Exhibition, 2002-2019
            CAFA Painting Award 2018, Third Prize 2013Allied Artists of America Award 2011
            Best of Show-2007, Dick Blick Award 2008
Providence Art Club 2005 - 2019
            First Prize Members Exhibition – 2016, 2008, 2007
            Honorable Mention – Members Exhibition 2007, 2009
            Urban un Urban Exhibition – J. Bannigan Sullivan Award 2005
            Annual Open Exhibition – 2006 – 2011, 2013, 2018
Mystic Museum of Art Regional Open and Juried Exhibitions 1999-2019
            Second Prize 2011 Open Show “Precious Water”, First Prize 2000, Solo Show 2001
Newport Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Newport, RI 2004 - 2007
           Honorable Mention/Watermedia 2004, 2005
ACGOW Regional Art Exhibition, Westerly RI  2006 - 2019
            Foxwoods Best in Show Award 2007, 2008, Honorable Mention 2009
New Haven Paint and Clay Annual Exhibition 1999, 2000, 2002-2004, 2006-2016
             Lucille Davis Grimm Prize 2011, The Carle J. Blenner Prize 2007
            Merit Award 2004
Hudson Valley Art Association Annual National Exhibition, NY 1996-2004, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019
            Phillip Schumaker Marine Award 2000 & 2003, Frank Van Steen Memorial Award 2003
            Honorable Mention, Watermedia 1996
Lyme Art Association Juried and Invitational Shows 2004-2019
            Elected Artists Annual – First Prize 2019 - Second Prize 2016
           New England Landscape 2017 – Award of Merit, American Waters 2018 – Award of Merit
Connecticut Watercolor Society – First Prize 2015
New England Watercolor Society Biennial, MA 1998, 2002, 2004
           Second Prize 2002
Northeast Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, CT 1999-2007
           Richard Ochs Award 2001, Graham Watercolors Award 1999
Adirondack National Exhibit on American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY 2000-2002, 2005
Louisiana Watercolor Society Annual International, New Orleans, LA 2000-2002 
           Edward Dupont Memorial Award 2000
San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, CA 2000-2001
           San Diego Foundation Award 2000
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Annual National Exhibition 1997, 2000-2003

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