S-Form Sculpture

S-Form Sculpture

Rod Smith (Kwakwaka’wakw)
Regular price CAD $450.00

“Another small element used for filling a space is the S-form which is derived from two halves of a U-form joined in opposite directions. These have many uses in a design; as a connecting element, as part of a leg or arm, or to create an outline. A series of s-forms within the body cavity of a creature represent the rib cage” (Stewart 1976: 22). – Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast

Medium: Hand-painted acrylic on basswood

Dimensions: 7 3/8" x 1 1/2" x 1 7/8"

Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)



Rod Smith (Galuyagmi “Great First Birth”) was taught by his father, late Kwakwaka'wakw artist Harris Smith (Lalkawilas). He often works in basswood, red and yellow cedar, arbutus, and maple. Rod is perhaps best known for his precise and elegant painting style. His pieces include sculptures, masks, poles, original paintings, plates, vessels, bowls, and bentwood boxes. In 2002, Rod completed an 8-foot pole in collaboration with his father and his brother, Kwakwaka'wakw artist Steve Smith, and they finished the pole at Lattimer Gallery. In 2005, Rod 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 2013, Rod and Steve were featured in an exhibition titled Collaboration & Contrast at Lattimer Gallery.