Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“mr. sinistare”


“mr. sinistare” is a wordplay on the stare—with the one wing raised as if to suggest to you one way or direction—and the other wing folded into his body as if to hold back and cover up the truth. He has one foot showing and the other covered, indicating that you should never take anyone or anything for granted—the truth is not always what you see or hear.

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.