Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tāne Mahuta • God of the Forest and its Creatures


  • National Woodskills Festival 2006 1st Indigenous Award
  • Whangamata Arts Festival 2007 1st Woodcraft Award

A son of Ranginui (Sky father) and Papatuanuku (Earth mother), Tāne is the god regarded by Māori as the creator of birds, trees and other creatures of the land. After prising his clinging parents apart and bringing light to the world, Tāne unsuccessfully seeks out a human female. Instead he couples with other forms of alien women and from these encounters the hundreds of different species of birds are produced. Tāne then creates the trees and plants to provide his offspring with the necessary sustenance and homes to live. This sculpture symbolizes Tāne Mahuta and his winged children. A highly stylized Tui bird (a renowned orator) emerges from his head.

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.