Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“why the long face!”


I like to work with the original shape of the stone and with this one I saw that in it was a man with a long face. I began thinking of a play on the words - “why the long face” and how this question can be asked at the wrong time.

In this case, this fellow has a long face and for someone to ask the question - “why the long face!”, would be quite rude and I wanted the expression on his face to be, “wwwwwwaaaahhtt!”

—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.