Steve Smith

Northwest Coast Native Artist Steve Smith from Kwakwaka'wakw Nation

Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

Steve Smith originates from Oweekeno Village in Campbell River, B.C., where he was born in 1968. In 1988, Steve was introduced to carving and painting by his late father, Harris Smith – Lalkawilas. Their collaborative effort produced unique sculptures in basswood, yellow cedar and alder.

After his lengthy apprenticeship, Steve branched out on his own producing a very distinct style of carved works utilizing traditional forms in a contemporary fashion. This young artist displays a rare talent in his works, which are finely finished and exhibit a craftsmanship of the highest quality. He now also collaborates on designs with artist Sabina Hill.

Steve Smith signs his work Dla’kwagila which means “Made to be Copper”. Each piece is finished with beeswax and can be cared for with a soft, dry cloth.

Artist Statement:
In creating art, I try to work with the positive and negative space. The two are inseparable and, together with the right balance, can create a sense of harmony.”



2005     “Changing Hands: Art without Reservation 2”, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2007     “Coastal Legacy”, a group exhibition at Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Art Installments:

2009     “Freedom to Move”, Installment at the Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC

2009     “Sea to Sky”, Installment at the Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC

Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)

Present Works

  • Chilkat Inspired Bentwood Box

    Steve Smith

    $4,100.00 CAD

    Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Specific and unique to the Northwest Coast People is the bentwood or bent-corner box or container. A most outstanding item of the First Nations people, it is a made from one single plank of wood through a lengthy steaming process – a method strictly adapted by the coastal peoples.

    Chilkat references the beautiful blankets originally created by the Chilkat tribe near Alaska. These intricate blankets were created only by those noblewomen in the community who had the inherited right to do so.

Past Works

The artist’s Past Works at our Gallery have now sold; however, a custom order may be possible if the artist is available and accepting commissions.