About Ken Bachman

Ken Bachman's love of art began at an early age in Paris with frequent trips to the Louvre.  Since then he has always found great satisfaction in creating paintings. Although his time for painting was limited during his 40 year career as a lawyer and partner in a leading international law firm, he has been concentrating fully on his art for the last four years. He lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.  He recently completed the three year program in oil painting at the Compass Atelier where he remains an active alum. 

 In early 2016, the Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park had a solo exhibition of a selection of his oil paintings.  Thereafter, he had a solo exhibition in the Hill Center Galleries in May and June, 2017.  In the past two years, he has received eight awards for his artworks in six juried exhibitions.   (For press coverage, See http://www.eastcityart.com/reviews/east-city-artnotes-hill-center-galleries-regional-juried-exhibition/  East City Art  also features one of his paintings in the 2017 To See a Song exhibit at Gallery O (http://www.eastcityart.com/openings-and-events/gallery-o-h-chal-present-see-song-group-exhibition/)).  Recently, one of his paintings received "Best in Show at the Kentlands Mansion Annual Juried Exhibition of the Olney Art Association.  Two of his oil paintings were awarded first place in the juried 2017 open regional exhibition of the Capitol Hill Art League and at the juried Waterford Virginia Fine Art Exhibition in October 2017.  He received second place in a 2016 juried exhibition at the Capitol Hill Art League, at the juried Friendship Heights show of the Montgomery Art Association, and at the juried Chevy Chase Women’s Club show.  Five of his paintings have been selected by jurors from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Phillips Collection for highly selective exhibits.  Another of his paintings was selected by the head of painting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for the 2017 American Landscape exhibition of the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA).  The Curator of the Phillips Collection selected one of his paintings for the 2017 MFA Strokes of Genius exhibit (two of his paintings had also been selected for the 2015 Strokes of Genius exhibit).

He has exhibited his works at other locations throughout the Washington metropolitan area, including in the Glen Echo Labor Day Show, the Kensington Labor Day Show; Maryland Federation of Art exhibits at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis; several Capitol Hill Art League and Hill Center Galleries shows; Rockville Art League Member shows; the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts show; the Artists and Makers Member Show;  Brookside Gardens shows and several other events.  Over 25  of his paintings have sold in the last two years.  

He is an authorized Copyist at the National Gallery of Art


Compass Atelier Master Artist Program

Harvard Law School