Found throughout all of the oceans, the Minke Whale or Pakake as it is known to Māori, is a member of the baleen group of cetaceans. Growing to 30’ in length and weighing 7 tons, the Minke whale is the second smallest of the baleen group, only the Pygmy Right Whale is smaller. Usually solitary they are curious creatures sometimes swimming around ships to observe people. Their diet consists of krill, fish and squid.
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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