Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“a bow of thanks”


Working with the basic shape of the stone it was so obviously an owl - and I couldn’t help but see it right away. So as the story goes:

After a great performance the audience stood to applaud and cheer. To show his appreciation, he gave a “bow of thanks”.

Michael Massie

Michael Massie


Inuit, Métis

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1962- )

Massie’s work is a reflection of his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. In it, he investigates both traditional and contemporary themes. He has achieved renown for his innovative teapots that combine themes and symbols from his native Inuit culture with European traditions. Massie has been twice short-listed for the coveted Prix Saidye Bronfman and has an extensive international reputation. His work has been shown in North America and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada. He was elected a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011.