Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“it was right here”


This little guy had just caught a big catch and was telling his buddies about the time he had getting it. Now this little guy was well-known for telling long, and I mean long, stories! So to play a good joke on him, his buddies hatched a plan to have fun with him. They knew that one day this day would come… the long story of his hunting experience. So, as he talked and talked and became so absorbed in his own story, he didn’t notice one of his buddies taking the catch and hiding it on him. When it came time for him to show them his catch, he looked at his feet… only to notice it was gone! In reply he said “it was right here!”

—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.