Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“shaman howling at the moon”


I like to work with the shaman themes because it allows me to let my imagination wander. This piece looks as if he is dancing but I really wanted to have him howling instead. I remember a painting by Joan Miro, Dog howling at the moon, and this title has stuck with me. In this case, though, I changed it a bit from being a dog to a shaman. I also wanted the figure to be simple in form as it was with my earlier pieces.

—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.