Two-dimensional artwork by sculptor Pat Buckohr featured in Canton exhibition

CANTON — Muralist and metal sculptor Patrick G. Buckohr will hold his first solo art exhibition since 2011 at Strauss Studio in downtown Canton.

Strauss Studios, 236 Walnut Ave. NE, will be showcasing his works from 6-9 p.m. at an opening reception at the upstairs gallery as part of the First Friday in March events.

Buckohr’s public metal sculptures are displayed throughout Stark County and other parts of Ohio.

Smaller metal works will be among the pieces in Friday’s art show. The paintings are on canvas and wood; paper works are also part of the exhibition.

Buckohr is known for his public sculptures, including the “Critters” artwork first shown in downtown Guangzhou in 2008 with the help of ArtsinStark, according to a press release from Strauss Studios.

“Painted in different fun colors, they weren’t so much serious sculptures in Buckohr’s mind as a way to make a statement that enhanced the urban experience for visitors and residents,” the statement read.

Although Slesnick Structural Steel contributed the material, and the round discs comprising each sculpture were integral to the design, Buckohr said he wanted people to focus on the art first before the material.

The multimedia artist has also created large Magnolia sculptures for the Fire Department and for Marlington High School.

More than 60 of Buckohr’s murals and iron pieces are on display in northeast Ohio. The motivation for his work is the desire “to create objects that people covet”.

Studying graphic design at the University of Akron, Buckohr worked in printing and publishing for 15 years before pursuing art full-time.

Buckohr runs the Bb Rex art studio in downtown Canton, and in 2019 he opened Bb Tattoo with his son, Patrick Jr. Studio work includes the medium of wrought and welded iron, Strauss Studios said.

Born in Dover, Buckohr grew up in Houston, Texas and New Philadelphia.

The artist has participated in group art exhibitions regionally and at the Agora Gallery in New York.

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