Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“where are all the mussels”


Picking up this piece of stone, from the very beginning I could see a little walrus. Once I had the design, I knew how things were to go from there, in regards to the additives - flippers, nails, and whiskers. In the end I found him to look as if he had just finished off a large portion of mussels… and being still hungry, asking “where are all the mussels?”.

—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.