Frederick J. Bauknecht is the displaying artist for the month of April in the Balsam Center Lobby. Born September 7, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pa. Fred graduated from West Chester University, Pa., with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. He lived in Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii, Florida and North Carolina since 1995.
Fred enjoys painting on unusual canvases. He uses reclaimed articles from the rural areas in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to create his artwork. Most are done on reclaimed barn tin roofs, barn stall doors, barn siding, or old wood pallets. His subjects are from childhood memories, icons, and old advertising logos.
Fred is also a chain saw sculptor, painter, sign maker and rustic furniture designer. He carved for ECHO chain saws for over 10 years and traveled the southeast demonstrating his art. Fred did sculptures for the Town of Sylva (Backstreet Bears), Fairview Elementary School (Fairview Eagle), and WCU Fine and Performing Arts (Jazz Bears). He also has been commissioned to do carvings all over the southeast including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Fred’s youngest son Jacob is handicapped and loves to watch his father paint. They spend hours together creating memories. Fred hopes you enjoy their artwork.