Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“this way to the oogli”


Seated to look relaxed and comfortable, this walrus is directing the others to the place of relaxation… to bask in the sun and warm the bones. He has a direct stare, as if he is talking directly to the viewer, and inviting you to come in, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

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.