Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ngā Ika a Tangaroa - The Fish of Tangaroa


In the beginning the lovers Ranginui (God of the Sky) and Papatūānuku (God of the Earth) held each other tightly in an eternal embrace. Their world and that of their many children living between them was dark and dank. Eventually, unhappy with their existence, the children decided to attempt to pries their parents apart. One son, Tāne-Mahuta, using his powerful legs to separate them, finally achieved this huge undertaking. Ranginui was pushed into the sky to become the sky father whilst Papatūānuku became earth mother. Their separation brought instant light into the world and all were content. So, however one of the sons, Tangaroa, began quarrelling with his siblings. Eventually, he sought solace forever in the ocean and became father of the sea and its creatures. To this day Tangaroa, as a reminder of his power, continues to vent his ongoing anger by unleashing great storms and waves upon the world he left behind.

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.