Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“a golden opportunity”


I thought I’d try something a little different this time, in terms of the look of my work anyway. This one could be termed “an environment piece” — in that there is action taking place in a particular situation — in this case, a fishing scene.

I approached this piece with the idea of having a sense of movement and showing the excitement of the moment. When I was younger, I was told that one should never pass up an opportunity, so in this case I decided to make it a golden opportunity… and that is why I gold-leafed the copper fish. The hands were made separate from the rest of the figure, and this was only because there wasn’t enough stone to make them all in one piece. The base was shaped as it is as I wanted the action to take place in a small (but not too cramped) area — and it also works with the emotion of the figure.

—Michael Massie

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.