Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ready for Take Off - Adelies Penguin


Although endemic to New Zealand, the Adelie penguin breeds and lives in large colonies on the Antarctic continent. It is rarely seen on the New Zealand mainland. A member of the small penguin species, which includes the Gentoo and the Chinstrap, the Adelie is the most commonly studied of all the penguins, population numbers being used to monitor changes to the Antarctic environment. Outside the breeding season Adelie’s spend their lives at sea sourcing their diet of krill and fish.

Artist Comment: All artworks have been sculpted and recycled from recovered damaged fragments from trees felled scores of years ago, which escaped the saws of the timber mill. By way of storm and flood relics eventually came to rest on oceans foreshores and river banks near the sculptor’s homes”.

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.