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Birch, Acrylic paint
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Birch, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||9.5 x 9 x 9"|
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.
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
2009 “Freedom to Move”, Installment at the Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC
2009 “Sea to Sky”, Installment at the Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC
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