Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“a father/son moment”


Here is a little piece of stone I have been looking at for a long time.

Finally I saw this image in it. I might say that there have been many - and I mean, many - sculptures made with the - mother/child - theme… so I wanted to make a piece for the father and son.

For those of us who are fathers to boys, we know there are challenges along the path of life. Sometimes the little boys think they are bigger and older than they are in reality. But that’s OK… that’s how life’s lessons are learned. Sometimes they try things because they see their father do it and are trying to be like their dads. They can’t help themselves but to try, but are not always thinking of the consequences.

Here we see the father with his wing around his son. The father is talking. What he talks about can be left to one’s imagination… but the fathers out there seeing this will have no trouble thinking of what it is that might be being said!

—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.