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Steve Smith has studied the artform of the Northwest Coast under his father, Harris Smith, and has been carving since 1987. This collaborative effort has produced a very distinct style of carved works, which utilizes traditional forms in a contemporary fashion.
Both father and son produce unique sculptures in basswood, yellow cedar and alder. Their intricately painted pieces are much sought after and travel all over the world. He has also worked with his brother, Rod Smith. His work includes original paintings, sculptures, masks, limited edition prints, etched glass, totem poles and drums.
Steve has been commissioned for numerous public works including pieces for the City of Vancouver and two major works for the Vancouver International Airport. These monumental pieces were completed in 2010.
Steve Smith displays a rare talent. His works are finely finished and exhibit a craftsmanship of the highest quality. Steve Smith signs his works “Dla’kwagila”, which means “Made to be Copper”. His work has been exhibited and collected across North America. Steve's constantly evolving style experiments with form, colour and symbolism.