Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“the swift and the silent”


A friend dropped off a few pieces of whale vertebrae and the first thing I saw in them was an owl holding a mouse in its talons. I had thought to have several owls suspended but found it stronger to simply have the one.

After some reading about owls, I have come to learn that because of the feather design, the owl is able to move swiftly and silently.

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.