Rod Smith

Under the guidance of his Father, Harris Smith, Rod Smith has studied traditional Kwakwaka'wakw design forms and styles. The result of their collaboration has been a very distinct family style, also practiced by his brother, Steve. The Smith family essentially utilizes the traditional forms of their culture in a somewhat non-traditional manner.

Both father and sons produce unique sculptures in basswood, yellow cedar and alder. Their intricately painted pieces are much sought after and find homes all over the world.

Rod is most known for his detailed and elegant painting style. His works consist of sculptures, masks, poles, original paintings, plates, vessels, bowls and bentwood boxes. In 2005, Rod was featured in the 'Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2' exhibition that opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

12 items

Abstract S-Form Sculpture
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Measurements do not include the base.Base: 1 ½" H x 5 ½" W x 4" D

Measurements do not include the base.Base: 1 ½" H x 5 ½" W x 4" D

$800.00

Bentwood Box
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$2,000.00

Check Mate Vessel
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$980.00

Large Seal Head
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

$3,400.00

Mighty Fir Vase
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$1,900.00

Salmon on Driftwood
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Measurements do not include the base.Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbo...

Measurements do not include the base.Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon have always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.

$750.00

Seal Head
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

$1,200.00

Seal Head
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

$600.00

Seal Head
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

$600.00

Seal Head
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

$600.00

Seal Head
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

These works are hand-painted and design features may vary.

$1,200.00

Twist and Shout Vessel
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$1,300.00