Artist Spotlight on Chicago’s Lee Bach

1. Who are you as an artist and why should we care?
I'm Dune K. (Lee Bach), I am an artist in every aspect of my life. I am constantly creating, always learning something new, and working to change the world for the better by bringing beauty and harmony with my art.
2. What is makes your artworth it? To the  world? To your fans?
Art for me is the only way I know how to live. I paint, I sing and play instruments, I write poetry, I model, and I support all the lovely artists I know. It's worth it to me because it allows me to express myself in the most complete way possible. Just existing as someone who works a day job and goes home to sleep and do it over again every day isn't who I am. All of the work I put into my artistic life is worth it because the beauty that I get to share with everyone as a result is transformative. 
3. What makes you different from all the artists out there? Come on brag a bit.
I'm different because I'm widely multi-talented. I have my creative side, but I'm also very intellectual and take pride in my ability to learn anything I decide to pick up. I'm always learning new crafting skills, building my own websites, finding new hobbies, reading books on all types of topics, and always pushing myself to aim higher in every aspect of life. 
4. How did you get into your art ?
I was raised by an artist, my mother. She always supported my endeavours, no matter what it was. Photography, martial arts, classical piano, computer programming, pottery, public speaking, theater, anything. When I left home as a teenager, I was forced to leave all of my art supplies behind. For almost two years, I didn't make any art. But after a day spent diving back into painting, my artistic abilities re re-awoken and I developed a new style of art that encompasses my whole life now. It truly has been a beautiful journey. 
5. What is the scandalous thing you can say about your art that you never knew before getting into the industry?
I never knew how much I would enjoy painting naked women! Now I see why the Renassaince painters did it so often 😉
Photo by: Chuck Brueckmann
6. What’s your Poison?
Comparing myself to others. I'm often finding myself caught up in feeling like I'm behind my peers, but I always remind myself that it isn't a competition, because none of us will ever make the same art. I just need to make what is beautiful for me and share it with the world.
7. How is your ART “your Religion”?
My "religion" is to be balanced and beautiful, to be in harmony with the universe. My art is an expression of that balance and beauty and harmony, without art I would not be able to communicate those ideals with the world.
8. What are you truly creating with your art that changes the world, changes society?
Whether it's painting, poetry, singing, etc, I strive to create art that is relatable to those around me. I want my art to show love for humanity and hope for our future and our potential, and I want it to bring that love and hope into other people. I want them to see themselves reflected in my work, and see themselves as beautiful. 
9. What is the message of your art?
Love. Love, love, love yourself, your world, those around you. Love the fleeting moments, love the pain and bittersweetness of memory, love the beauty of nature and ourselves. 
BLM Fine Art Photography
10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the arts so far? Tell us more:
I feel gifted in that I have an indomitable drive to create. Even though I have a growing career in management and multiple side projects, I never stop making art. If I didn't have this need to create, I could see myself easily losing motivation and becoming lazy. I feel that I haven't been given any specific talent, but that I've been dedicated enough to create talent within myself.
11. NO BS. What do you think it takes to make it in the industry!
It takes three things. 1. Self-knowledge; know your limits, and how far you can push yourself. Know your strengths, and play to them. 2. Confidence; no one is going to believe you're capable of anything if you don't act like it. Even if you have to fake it, do what it takes to convince the world that you're capable. Show up and do your best. Your work will speak for you. 3. Dedication; being a successful young artist means constant work. No one is going to hand you success on a silver platter. You have to work for it, harder than you think is even possible. 
12. What do you regret the most in your art?
I wish I had let myself be more carefree about it earlier on. I was always so worried about making things hyper-realistic in a painting, or being the most fit/skinny/perfect model possible. But now that I'm focused on just being myself, I feel so much more free. I wish I could go tell my younger self to do it sooner.
13. Where do you see your career going in five years?
I have no idea! I have so many different interests that I really don't know what will end up dominating my life. I see myself as being a successful model, being in bigger and better art shows, and having my arts magazine running in print. But who knows! Life can change in an instant. I'm excited to see where it takes me.
14. Who is the perfect artist you would love to perform with and why should they work with you?
I don't want to perform with celebrities. I want to find the artists around me and collaborate with them whenever possible. I have so many amazingly talented friends, I want to collab with all of them! The perfect artist to work with for me is someone who is uninhibited by what others think. They let their ideas flow and see beauty in everything the same way I do. 
15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your art?
I want to be remembered for evoking intense emotion. I want people to walk away from my work feeling the same amazement at our beautiful world that I feel when I paint, sing, perform. I want to dazzle and enlighten and bless and awaken. And most importantly, I want to inspire others to make art too. We all have a story, we all have art worth sharing. 
Social media:
Facebook: Dune Kerouac - Artist
Instagram: @dune.kerouac

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