May 12, 1968
Steve Smith (Dla'kwagila) has been carving and painting since 1987. He was taught by his father, late Kwakwaka'wakw artist Harris Smith (Lalkawilas). Steve has also worked with his brother, established Kwakwaka'wakw artist Rod Smith. His pieces include original paintings, sculptures, masks, limited edition prints, etched glass, totem poles, and drums. In 2002, Steve completed an 8-foot pole in collaboration with his father and brother, and they finished the pole here at Lattimer Gallery. Steve's distinctive work has been featured in several major exhibitions throughout North America, and his work has been purchased by collectors around the world. In 2005, Steve was featured in the Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 exhibition that opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY. In 2006, Steve created two public works for the City of Vancouver's Spirit Bears in the City project. In 2007, his work was included in the Burke Museum's In the Spirit of Our Ancestors exhibition in Seattle, WA. In 2008, Steve received two major commissions for works to be placed in the Vancouver International Airport. These monumental installations were completed in early 2010. In 2009, Steve was included in the Challenging Traditions exhibition at Ontario's McMichael Gallery, a show that was dedicated to exploring innovative and experimental works from the Northwest Coast. In 2013, Steve and his brother were featured in an exhibition titled Collaboration & Contrast at Lattimer Gallery. Steve's work is always evolving, and he is always experimenting with form, colour, and symbolism.