Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“they couldn’t resist the temptation”


I knew when I cut the ends off the antlers and leaned them against the wall that these would somehow be together. I started to think of a young couple who were with the rest of the community celebrating the arrival of spring when they were overwhelmed by all the happiness and festivities—and simply had to get away and be alone. They climbed the hill and found that the breeze was so warm and inviting on the other side that they started to dance and became quite caught up in the moment.

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.