Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“transforming into the spirit world”


It was only fitting that I include a shaman with these two owls. In my work, when I first look at the stones, I try to see what the shapes in the rock say. With this particular piece and its shape, I could see the owls and the shaman. As the owl is said to be the creature that helps one through the spirit world, I felt it only fitting that there should be an owl on each side of the shaman… as this way, he was guaranteed safe passage.

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.