Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“a baker’s dozen”


From the start, I just couldn’t help but see all these owls in this piece. By the time I had drawn on 12 of them, the title suddenly came to me and I knew that there needed to be one more to make the title!

With there being so many owls, it seemed right to have them all have a different look, a different character. In any group there are bound to be a few that are always talking, or in this case, squawking! And then there are a few that are the quieter types… and from those quieter types, I gave one the look of being either annoyed/fed up or simply fed up.

The little one with feet is the youngest. Here you see him with all his siblings around him… but at the same time, being a bit squat, this is why he sits.

Even though they all may be quite different, they are all the same in some way - and being from one big family, they must all stick together.

—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.