Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“the introverted extrovert”


Owls… for the most part, it is hard NOT to see Owls in the stones I come across, and here we go again!

The shape of the stone made it easy to have an Owl on both sides. And with the way the stone was shaped, it allowed me to give the two owls completely different expressions. Because of the convex and concave shape of the stone, I was able to come up with its title: the introverted extrovert.

I have to admit that there are times when I feel this way myself. If I am around a familiar group of people that I am comfortable with, I am social and carrying on and joking around. But if I find myself with a group of people I’m not familiar with, I tend to be by myself and to not seek conversation until it finds me.

—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.