Arguably the most common bird in the world, the sparrow is never far behind man wherever he has gone. Introduced into North America in 1850 to combat out of control infestation in newly planted pastures, crop fields and orchards. The sparrow however in turn, became an out of control bird preferring to occupy urban environments. A somewhat drab bird, the sparrow has light greyish underparts with chestnut and black wings.
“For years now at my workshop it has been a practice for me to feed my sparrows, particularly in winter. I feed them wild birdseed and bread. Cheeky little souls! On closer inspection they exhibit individual personalities and have a beauty we sometimes overlook”.
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”.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
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.
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