Del-Bourree Bach

Del-Bourree Bach

Contemporary realist Del-Bourree Bach has been a working professional painter for over 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 350 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, Best Painting in Acrylic, Best Composition and Award for Narrative Excellence 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. 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, the Silver Medal of Honor from Allied Artists of America and Audubon Artists. His paintings have also recently received awards at the Audubon Artists 2021, American Artists Professional League 2021, Salmagundi Club New York, Copley Society of Boston, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, 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, 2017,2020), Acrylic Artist (2014) and Fine Art Connoisseur (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021), and Ink Magazine in 2018.

Bach is a signature member or exhibiting artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Artists for Conservation, Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League (Fellow), Audubon Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society ( NOAPS Master), National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, International Society of Acrylic Painters, Academic Artists Association, Hudson Valley Art Association, Salmagundi Club of New York (44 years) and Providence Art Club, Copley Society in Boston (Copley Master), Lyme Art Association, and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) among others. 

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 American Society of Marine Artists, Hudson Valley Art Association, Salmagundi and Providence Art Clubs, Mystic Museum of Art, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and Lyme Art Association. He is well respected as a judge of regional, national and international exhibitions and as a charity art auctioneer. 

A strong believer in the gallery system, he sells his work exclusively through galleries and art organizations which sponsor juried and invitational shows.



National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Best of America Small Works 2022

            NOAPS Award for Best Composition – “A Little Help from my Friends”

Academic Artists 72nd Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism 

            Honor Award in Acrylic – “Miss Florence’ Colors”

The Art of Conservation, an International Exhibition of Nature in Art 2022

              Published in “The Art of Conservation 2022” - “On a Clear Day”, Featured Artist 2022

13th Biennial National Exhibition – Visual Arts Center – Punta Gorda, FL

            Award of Merit – “My Old Pal”

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists National 2022 – Faces and Figures 

            Second Prize – “Bear”

Lyme Art Association 101st Elected Artists Exhibition

            Third Prize – “A Good Day’s Work”

Lyme Art Association Open New England Landscape Exhibition 2022

            First Prize – “After the Storm”

The National 2022 – Cape Cod Arts Center

            Honorable Mention“The Old Beach Cottage”

Audubon Artists 80th Annual Exhibition – Online


American Artists Professional League 94rd Grand National Exhibition

            “A Good Day’s Work”

Art Renewal Center Salon 2022

            Finalist/Animal – “Lou-seal”

            Semi-finalist/landscape – “My Old Pal”

Salmagundi 114th Annual Thumb Box Exhibition

            Martin Hannon Memorial Award – “Shades of Winter”

Audubon Artists 79th Annual Exhibition - NYC

            Hon. Daniel E. Greene Memorial Award (First recipient of this award) – “Time Traveler”

American Artists Professional League 93rd Grand National Exhibition

            The Claude Parson’s Memorial Award for Landscape“Miss Florence’s Colors”

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Best of America Small Works 2021

             Award of Excellence – “Nat”

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring Online International 2021

            Award Of Excellence – “Lou-Seal”

Academic Artists 71st Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism (online only due to covid)

            Excellence Award in Acrylic – “Autumn Migration”           

The Art of Conservation, an International Exhibition of Nature in Art 2020

            AFC Award for Excellence “Little Surfer Girl” 

            Published in “The Art of Conservation 2021”

Salmagundi Club New York 113th Annual Thumb Box Exhibition

            Award of Merit - “Winter Work”

Providence Art Club Fall Juried Exhibition

            Maxwell Mays Prize – Best in Show – “Senta”

Lyme Art Association – A Century of Inspiration 100th Anniversary - National Juried Exhibition

             Second Prize – “Miss Florence’s Colors”

Lyme Art Association 100th Annual Elected Artists Juried Exhibition

            Award of Merit – “Pit Stop”

Lyme Art Association “Hello Yellow” Open Juried Exhibition

            First Prize – “Saffron Sky”

The Madison Art Society’s 46th Annual National Juried Exhibition (CT)

            Best in Show – “My Old Pal”

Clinton Art Society 72nd Annual National Summer Exhibition (CT)

            Best In Show – “Tidal Treasure”

Guilford Art League 73rd Annual Open Juried Show (CT)

            Award of Merit – “Penny Wise”

Bold Brush Online International (August)

            Outstanding Acrylic – “My Old Pal”


Salmagundi Club New York Annual Members Juried Exhibition

            Ogden Pleissner Memorial Award – “Post-Production Team”

Allied Artists of America 107th Grand National (online in 2020 due to covid)

            Kent Day Coes Memorial Award – “A Blast from the Past”

Audubon Artists 78th  Annual Exhibition (online in 2020 due to covid)

            National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Award – “Autumn Migration”

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Best of America 2020

            Award of Merit – “Clams for Dinner”

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Best of America Small Works 2020

            Excellence Award – “The Old Beach Cottage”

International Society of Acrylic Painters 5th Annual All-Member Online Exhibition

            M. Graham Award - “Post-Production Team”

Academic Artists 68th National Exhibition of Traditional Realism

            Excellence Award in Acrylic – “Nat”        

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 107th Annual National Exhibition

            Honorable Mention - “Over the Big Top”

Hudson Valley art Association 87th Annual National Juried Exhibition

            Rayma Spaulding Memorial Award – “Clams for Dinner”

Copley Society of Art, Boston

          Juror’s Choice Award – Summer Juried Show - Summer Reflections ,“Feeding Frenzy”

           Awards of Merit – “High Spirits” (Unity), “Winter Watch” (Holiday)

Providence Art Club Fall Members Exhibition

            Mary Castelnuovo Memorial Award– “Evening Passage”

Lyme Art Association – Land and Sea – National Juried Exhibition

            First Prize – “Walkabout”

The Art of Conservation, an International Exhibition of Nature in Art 2020

            AFC Award for Excellence “Lou-Seal”, “High Noon” 

             Both published in “The Art of Conservation 2020”

Special Honors 2020:

Amica Insurance Artist of the Year – “Autumn Graze” 

            Purchased for permanent collection and published as their 50th Annual Thanskgiving Card, sent to over 750,000 policy

            holders. Also published online as an ecard along with a video about me and my work and life at 


Juror of Awards for National Oil and Acrylic Painters Spring International Online Exhibition.


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 

Prior Years Awards, Exhibitions and Competitions

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 2017, Bob 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 Box, Gwynne 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 2013, Allied 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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