Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“the sandbox”


Humour and life, they go together. Here I decided to make a piece based on the things that seem so easy or so much fun, but that can have its consequences. This guy thought he’d try and have some fun in the sandbox, but only it turned out to be the wrong thing to do. Or is he really just having fun and swimming in the sand? Your call!

—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.