Gene "Ironman" smith
Gene, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is an expert in the craft of metal art. His parents (Choctaw and Oglala Lakota) encouraged him to use his artistic ability to honor their American Indian heritage.
In high school, Gene spent time experimenting with several mediums, and in 2016 he began his metal working journey. He spent time in commercial welding before transitioning into fine art. Gene feels a special connection to feathers and this is reflected in many of the designs that emerge from his artworks.
Memories of his mother's stories led him to create his first life-size metal headdress, which he entitled "Traditional" in honor of her. Each headdress takes him over one hundred hours to complete. Gene heats the raw metal with a torch to forge it into shape, then he uses a grinding wheel to etch it with designs and details. Every sculpture Gene creates in unique, and no two pieces are alike. Gene feels his inspiration comes from visions given to him by those watching over him.
Gene has received numerous awards and honors for his art and his pieces are collected by individuals as well as corporate clients.
Full-size metal sculpture. 128" x 66" x 32"
Full-size metal sculpture
Mixed media metal sculpture 19" x 6" x 18"