Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“the proposal”


I have started to realize that I have not made many figurative pieces — and I am trying to change that — perhaps it is a proposal to myself to change… Who knows? From the start I could see that there was a large face in the stone, and while there were a number of ideas that came to mind I chose this one for its simplicity.

Personally, I can’t stand diamonds, but I have always loved pearls. I don’t know if this comes from the fact that my Dad used to give my Mom jewellery with pearls more so than diamonds… or the simple fact that I just can’t stand diamonds! Whatever the reason, here I chose to include a pearl and not a diamond.

I wanted the look on his face to be one of being not very sure of the answer… but sticking to “tradition”, he kneels on one knee to ask the question. He doesn’t have the ring in a nice velvet box, but rather he exposes it as if he is exposing himself to an answer that could either make him very happy… or break his heart. You can sense the emotion in the way he holds the ring — not gently in his fingers — but gripped firmly between his thumb and forefinger.

—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.