Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“trip and stumbled”


From the start, this little owl was meant to be delicate—as it had that appearance from the beginning. Unexpectedly, he tripped and stumbled—but has caught himself before he fell—the expression on his face is that of him staring at the ground in front to see where to place his foot as not to fall.

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.