Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 207

Lot 207

MICHAEL MASSIE, R.C.A., O.C. (1962-)

MICHAEL MASSIE, R.C.A., O.C. (1962-)
Lot 207 Details
MICHAEL MASSIE, R.C.A., O.C. (1962-), Nunatsiavut


silver, paudouk wood
signed on the bottom, dated ‘96
6.5 x 8 x 4.25 in — 16.5 x 20.3 x 10.8 cm

Estimate $6,000-$9,000

Realised: $11,400
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MICHAEL MASSIE, R.C.A., O.C. (1962-)
  • MICHAEL MASSIE, R.C.A., O.C. (1962-)
  • MICHAEL MASSIE, R.C.A., O.C. (1962-)

Silver & Stone, the Art of Michael Massie, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, curated by Gloria Hickey, 2006, exhibition catalogue unpaginated.


Hickey notes, “As a contemporary artist bridging both Inuit and European cultures, Massie’s work embodies both this particular art history’s cause and effect. And making open reference to this broader intertextual context of sources and influences recurs throughout Massie’s work, as in tea with Pablo (1997). Massie estimates that his own style of distortion owes as much to Picasso as to Inuit shamanism...”

Massie was named a member of the Order of Canada in September 2018...”honoured for pushing the boundaries of Inuit art for people to look at things differently...

Massie was titled as a trailblazer for going against the grain and working with materials that in his early career were not considered for Inuit art, especially metals. He said when he came on the scene in the 1980s with Inuit art, there were only three major mediums considered which included stone carving, print making and tapestry.”

“Massie's silverwork and sculptures have received national and international accolades and his investiture to the Order of Canada in Ottawa makes his career and standing up for what he believed in worth it all.”

Frank Gale, The Western Star
Published: Sept 07, 2018 at 7:56 p.m.


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LOT 207

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