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, the F. Ballard Williams Fund and American Masters Patron’s Awards at the Salmagundi Club in 2014, the Ralph Fabri Medal and Award at the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic 2013 and 2014 exhibit, the Alden Bryan Award for Traditional Landscape at the 86th American Artists Professional League Grand National 2014, Award of Excellence, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Best of America 2014 and the President’s Prize New Haven Paint and Clay 113th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.
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 Acr ylic. 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.