Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“carved from limestone, he gathers limestone to carve—portrait of the artist”


This piece pretty much speaks for itself. I had wanted to bring together the old ways of making a kamitik (sled) with modern ways of making the individual pieces. At first I was planning to have a couple of spears and a kakivak (fishing trident), but after some thinking I decided to go with the stones from the quarry I use. As you know, many carvers find it a time-consuming and difficult task to acquire stone.

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.