Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“upside down and backwards”


This little fellow has been looking like this since he was a tiny tiny boy. One morning long ago, he woke up in his family’s igloo and when he opened his eyes he saw everything “upside down and backwards”. His head was hanging over the edge of the bed and because of that one morning, he walked around looking at everything “upside down and backwards”. Can’t say he didn’t have a different perspective on life!!

—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.