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Charles, or Charlie as he prefers to be called, originally hails from England. He studied art and art history at Windsor's illustrious Eton College before turning towards the world of business. Endlessly creative even then, Charlie embarked on a series of start-up ventures, all of which he sees as important evolutions in the path that brought him where he is today and gave him the courage to consider taking up painting full time. An avid sea-glass collector and coastal wanderer, Charlie's work is a meditation on the ebb and flow of the natural world, the evolution of the seasons and the way all of it fits together into a mystical whole.


The Precious Pieces 30x48 The Gathered Pile 36x60



His technique is that of the abstract color field, a contemporary technique which embraces the transparencies of washes of color. His works are meditative and peaceful, playing with the sensation of color and the expansion of the field of view. He writes that:

Overall I want to create a sense of ethereality and calm, and yet a moment of beauty and relaxation. In our busy lives it can be hard to do enough, and we often don’t have the time to stop and fully appreciate. Like a great book, movie or piece of music, the work should allow a person to step away from reality and switch off the distractions all around us.It should bring the viewer to a moment in time of total calm that simply brings them joy.

And his works do just that. The colors and play with form and transparency exude a peace that is in no way undermined by the contemporary nature of the work. The skill of the layering - one sheer color over another - is as endlessly studiable and fascinating as the most detailed still life. Bluett's familiarity with the old masters and the heavy hitters of conceptual art is on display in his work with clear influence taken from the likes of Andy Goldsworthy and Mark Rothko.



The Joy of the Early Bird 48x48


Charlie had his first show at the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, London. This was followed by three highly successful solo exhibitions in London at Blains, The Bloxham Gallery & The Smith Street Gallery, all of which garnered him the attention and acclaim of some of England's most prolific collectors.


It's been a long and winding road for Charlie but, like the building up of translucent colors in his work, it would have been impossible to get where he is today had he not been able to build upon what came before. He sees his style as an ever evolving experiment, something which changes with the seasons and the own personal evolution of his life. He currently resides in Vermont where he is endlessly inspired by the changing scenery and the beauty of the natural world which surrounds him.


The art world in the 1970s was experiencing a crisis of identity. The focus on minimalism and conceptual art to the exclusion of all else polarized collectors, casual viewers, and students. This background is important as it allows one to understand why master realist painter Del-Bourree Bach considers himself "self taught", despite having been a student of the visual arts during this time.


He studied fine art and voice at the University of Hartford before moving to NYC after graduation to focus on his opera career. While singing with the repertory company of the Light Opera of Manhattan and The Gilbert and Sullivan Players, he began building up his portfolio of artworks; studying at the Art Students League and The School of Visual Arts. He decided to become an illustrator. He found that he was able to cobble together a living between performance and taking illustration commissions for the New York Times, and publishing houses McGraw Hill and E.P. Dutton among others. The transition from illustrating the ideas of others to painting creations of his own came quickly and naturally and Del-Bourree began exhibiting his original work in galleries and in pop-up exhibitions on the sidewalks near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. People liked what they saw - refreshed by the clarity of light and careful realism of his approach - and Del began to see the first glimmer of a future as a professional artist.


He hasn't stopped painting since.


Good Buddies Rocky Sail



Del's work runs the gamut from maritime, to cityscape, to portrait, to still-life and back again. No matter the subject, he always approaches his works with the delicate hand and clear-eyed vision for which he has become so well known. There is a certain theatricality to his work, not drama per-se, but an understanding of visual pathos and romance of staging that can only have come from his time as a performer.


While he works entirely in his studio he admits to not painting directly from photographs either, instead approaching his subjects with a wide open imagination to create a world entirely his own. When asked about his philosophical approach in an interview with The Copley Society he stated that:


Sometimes I will elevate the ordinary things, such as a telephone pole or turn daytime into night... I love the beauty of nature and man’s relation to it. Sometimes there is beauty even in the texture of “ugly things”.

Homeward Bound


Del-Bourree Bach is currently a board member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Artists for Conservation, Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League (Fellow). Audubon Artists, National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, National Oil and Acrylic Painters (Master) and International Society of Acrylic Painters (Master), among others. He is an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club New York (former board member), Providence Art Club (Art Committee Member), Copley Society of Art Boston(Copley Master), Lyme Art Association (current board member) and the Mystic Museum of Art (former board member) among others.


His work is featured proudly in private collections across the country as well as many celebrated 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.


A true philanthropist, Bach regularly donates to and works with conservation charities to help preserve the natural world which has given him so much inspiration throughout his life.


He and his wife currently reside in Mystic CT.



"I’m trying to reach perfection with my paintbrush only." - Frane Mlinar




Born in Split, Croatia in 1959 Frane Mlinar gained acclaim in his home country as the youngest member of the Croatian Association of Fine Arts (HDLU), joining the organization at 23. He is commonly referred to as a hero of the Croatian Hyper-Realism movement with his international reach bringing attention to the movement

Mlinar's circuitous route to the position of full time artist began in 1975 with his attendance of the High School of Art where he focused on graphic design. He continued his education at the Art Academy of Sarajevo and earned a masters degree in Teaching Art Techniques in 1984.

He worked for some time as the curator of the Diocletian art gallery in Split. While working in the gallery Mlinar became interested in the clear-eyed detail of the old paintings writing that

I was especially impressed with an amazing attention to detail on very small sized paintings and a freshness of the paint that was several centuries old. That became a real challenge to me and I’ve decided that with today’s art materials, it would be a shame to not give it a try"

Docked 36x48


Mlinar's art style is best described as luminous. He paints from both life and the imagination, often blending scenes and landmarks of coastal Croatia into vaguely surrealistic postcards from places that might only exist in dreams. His use of flat planes of color is juxtaposed with the intensity of the attention to detail and form which he pays to the concrete representative aspects of his work. His work is as contemporary as it is classic, with the impeccably smooth surface of his canvases showing the time and dedication he spends on his work. Inspired by the Croatian coast, many of Mliar's works are nautical-themed - boats becalmed in still water, the way the reflection ripples, the way the sea blends with the sky.



"Sea Flat" 36x48


He received a Pollock-Krasner award in 2008 and his work has been exhibited worldwide. His pieces are collected by such influential figures as winemaker Mike Grgich, Francis f. Coppola and the president of Croatia.

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