Never repeating the same design twice, Labrador Born artist Michael Massie strives to bridge the gap between two cultures. Born in 1962, Michael is of Inuit and Scottish Ancestry. Working in metal and stone, Michael tends to push the boundaries of what is real and what isn’t, by working the two mediums together. When Michael first became part of the -Inuit Art World- in the mid-1990’s, his work was frowned upon because it wasn’t considered “traditional”. This belief in the “traditional” . was a challenge for Michael and this view or belief is what he wished to change. “Art, is part of everyone, we are all part of one big picture, and the relations between the many different cultures can be quite similar”. Michael believes. Working in metal, stone, exotic woods, bone, plastic, and at times found objects, Michael incorporates all of these in his works. He views this as a way to -bridge the gap-.
Michael received a degree in Fine Art with a major in jewelry in 1991 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduation, Michael took part in a carving workshop, organized by the Inuit Art Foundation. The exposure from their Inuit Art Quarterly allowed Michael to take part in lectures and symposiums which discussed the changes which were becoming an issue in the Inuit Art World, changes we are seeing more and more as time passes. Michael taught jewelry and stone carving in Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador, but in 1997, Michael set up his own art studio in Kippens, NL. For 7 years Michael worked with a gallery in New York, NY and for the last 15 years has worked with the Spirit Wrestler gallery in Vancouver, BC. Over that time, Michael has had his works included in a number of permanent collections; the ROM, AGO, The Rooms, MacDonald Stewart centre, The National gallery, The Smithsonian, and the WAG. Michael became a member of the RCA, and in 2017 became a member of the Order of Canada