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Maple wood, Acrylic paint
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|Dimensions||16,5 x 16 x 1.5"|
Rod Smith was born in 1966 in Vancouver, BC, and currently resides in Qualicum Beach, BC. He has been given two traditional names — Galuyagmi (“Great First Birth”) and Thaelkualis (“He Who Feasts the People Til Morning”). Rod comes from a family of artists, with both his father and brother being excellent carvers and painters in their own right.
Both Rod and his brother, Steve Smith, discovered their love for art through their father, the late Kwakwaka’wakw artist Harris Smith (Lalkawilas). It was under his tutelage that they learned traditional Kwakwaka’wakw design forms and styles. As Harris shared his knowledge with his two beloved sons, the Smith family developed their own unique artistic style, in which traditional Kwakwaka’wakw form is utilized in non-traditional ways.
Rod is best known for the precision and elegance of his painting style, often featured on artworks made of basswood, red and yellow cedar, arbutus, and/or maple wood. His creations include sculptures, masks, poles, original paintings, plates, vessels, bowls, and bentwood boxes.
In 2002, Rod collaborated with his father and brother to create a stunning 8-foot totem pole. In 2005, Rod was featured in Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2, an indigenous art exhibition held at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The exhibition aimed to demonstrate the distinctive place Native American art held in the larger art world. In 2019, the BC Law Society selected Rod to design their annual awards.
The intricately painted work of the Smith family is appreciated and sought after by seasoned collectors and new art lovers alike. Their artworks can be found in private collections all around the world.
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This piece opens to reveal an inner box with relief engraving that echos the outer lid.
Traditionally, boxes were considered prized possessions and customarily used to store wealth or special ceremonial objects such as masks, rattles, clothing and adornments. People often gave names to these beautiful ornate boxes, told stories about their histories and treated them as family heirlooms. However, non-decorated boxes acted as instruments of life – from storing less precious articles, to food and later used for mortuary purposes. In Haida mythology, a stack of boxes contained the essence from which Raven created the world.
Eagle, Dogfish, Beaver and Frog Box retains its traditional elements through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline of this treasure. The gently angled lid with Abalone inlay, as well as the engraved and incised elements on the box is suggestive of the prototypic bent cornered wooden boxes and chests.
The box contains not only depictions of four important crest animals, but connects to past traditions in which a box held more than the material object, it also linked people to their heritage, lineage and each other.
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Sterling Silver, Argillite, Abalone shell, Engraved
Although Derek White’s Beaver and Bear Box is constructed from the contemporary material of Sterling Silver combined with Argillite, this box retains its traditional values through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline on this treasure. The gently angled lid with Abalone inlay as well as the engraved and incised elements on the box is suggestive of the prototypic bent cornered wooden boxes and chests.
Sterling Silver; Repousse, Engraved
Derek White’s extraordinary Beaver & Eagle Fish Bowl, created in the traditional Haida form and utilizing the ancient technique of repousse to add dimension, demonstrates his articulate master carving and artistry skills. Containers such as bowls were traditionally created out of Cedar or Alder wood and utilized in daily life. The chosen medium of silver serves as a contemporary progression of this ancient art form while illustrating the intricate foundational links which combine cultural heritage with the arts.