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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.
These works are hand-painted and designs may vary from piece to piece. Killer Whales are widely c...
These works are hand-painted and designs may vary from piece to piece. Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.The term 'Spy Hop' refers to the action when Killer Whales bob near the surface of th...
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