Christen Dokk Smith’s passion is sculpture. Christen’s three-dimensional full-scale figures express the wood’s personality from his original “A Boy in Wonderment at the World” in Western Bigleaf Maple from the Cowichan Valley to his faithful recreation of a 13th Century Madonna for Biri Church in traditional Oak. He discovers beauty in the grain and flaws of the salvaged wood he primarily works with, including as one of 46 chosen artisans to sculpt from a century-old Maple as part of the oneTree project for the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC. How apropos that this reclaimed Maple captures the magic of a boy first discovering a tree. Marvelling at the natural world is a key underlying theme throughout much of Christen’s carving. Christen Dokk Smith studied sculpture at City & Guilds of London Art School in London, England on scholarship as part of his apprenticeship and Degree in Woodcarving. Incredibly versatile, he can reinterpret fantastic images from Viking folklore, finely detailed classical figures, as well as primitive Stone Age Olmec colossal heads. His contemporary low-relief sculptural design recalls the asymmetry, intricate curves, and linking zoomorphic creatures of Viking design. His sleek and modern west coast bears hint at the same Norse fascination with wild creatures evident in earliest Viking carving.

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