Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“thinking long and intensely about contemplation”


While thinking about what to make from the raw stone this piece started as, I thought of the title. I was attempting to have him look as though he is deep in thought. With that in mind, I then was challenged to try to express this visually. For there are times we all have a tendency to indulge in deep thought - or contemplation.

—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.