Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“what was that?”


Growing up in my family, hearing was something that was expected to slowly fail as we got older. Hard of hearing is a common thing on my mother’s side of the family. I’ve been told signs to listen for, particularly ringing in the ears. Over the past few years I found myself saying “what was that?” more often then a few years ago.

—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.