Steve Smith

One original painting by Kwakwaka'wakw artist, Steve Smith. One acrylic painting on canvas, titled

Steve, an acclaimed painter and has been a prominent figure in the art world since 1987. Initially trained by his father, Harris Smith, in the Oweekeno and Kwakwaka’wakw styles, Steve has developed a unique and innovative approach to his craft. His body of work includes original paintings, sculptures, masks, limited edition prints, etched glass, totem poles, and drums. Steve’s modern, colorful paintings are particularly noted for their adherence to traditional forms while incorporating contemporary colors and designs.

Throughout his career, Steve’s work has been featured in numerous major exhibitions across North America, and his pieces are held in private collections worldwide. Notable highlights include his participation in the ‘Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2’ exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2005 and his contribution to the City of Vancouver’s ‘Spirit Bears in the City’ project in 2006. His art was also featured in the Burke Museum’s ‘In the Spirit of Our Ancestors’ exhibition in Seattle in 2007.

In 2008, Steve received two significant commissions for installations at the Vancouver International Airport, completed in June 2009. Additionally, in 2009, he was included in the ‘Challenging Traditions’ exhibition at Ontario’s McMichael Gallery, which highlighted innovative and experimental works from the Northwest Coast. Steve’s work continues to evolve as he experiments with form, color, and symbolism, solidifying his place at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous art.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Steve continues to produce work that is both modern and deeply rooted in tradition. His paintings stand out for their vibrant colours and innovative designs, marking him as a leading figure in the art community.