Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“scanning the horizon”


The very first carving I made back in 1992 was a tall slender piece. Thinking about this recently gave me the idea to make another tall and slender one. In my earliest pieces I kept the form as simple as possible. Here I wanted to try and achieve the same thing. It was a bright and windy day when the man decided to go seal hunting. Settling close by, he was able to walk to a number of seal holes. Standing with his shoulder to the wind, he sees better weather coming as he scans the horizon for seals. He carries his harpoon and a “scratcher.” The scratcher is used next to the breathing hole — with the hunter occasionally scratching the ice next to the hole to attract a seal.

—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.