DEAN BAUCHE

Dean Bauche is a professional artist, curator, educator and adjudicator. He has 22 years of museum experience as the Director of Galleries for the City of North Battleford. Dean works in both traditional and new media but is best known for his evocative watercolors and oil paintings

 Dean’s art work has won many awards. It can be found in national publications as well as private and public collections across Canada, including the collection of former Prime Minister John Turner.

Dean is a frequent adjudicator for the Organization of Saskatchewan Art Councils and is a popular art educator and guest artist across Western Canada. Over the years, his unique approach to art education has made him a leader in the use of SMART technology. His award winning educational publications are now recommended by Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta Learning and are in every school in Saskatchewan.

Dean was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Commemorative Medal during Saskatchewan’s centennial by Lt. Governor Dr. Lynda Haverstock “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to his community and province as curator, artist, mentor and teacher”. Dean is currently active on Tourism Saskatchewan’s President’s Committee for Arts and Culture and works out of his own studio located in Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Artist Statement

My lifelong interest in the human condition led me to study psychology at Flinders University in South Australia.Years later, I returned to my spiritual roots as a Christian where I rediscovered my faith and found monasticism through contact with Mount Angel Abby in Oregon and Saint Peter’s Abby in Munster, Saskatchewan.

My art endeavors to explore all the dimensions that make us human: spirit, body, mind, and place. I have come to understand the creative drive that shapes and forms my art as   “seeking communion”, communion with myself, with others, with God. Each subject offers its own emotional energy which forges its way onto the canvas by shaping the nature of the expression;informing focus, intensity, composition, colour, texture and brush work.
I know the people I paint; yet in painting them I am tearing away, stripping away what I know, stroke by stroke, attempting to reveal or discover what is hidden.
I think when all the stripping is done and a work is successful we are left with something closer to truth, beauty or mystery. These are, after all, the things enclosed by the flesh.

Erica Grimm Vance, Andrew Wyeth,Lucian Freud, Stephen May and Paul Fenniak have all influenced my work. I am also deeply indebted to each of the artists in my life who I gather with annually. 

 

Dean Bauche