Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Red-Tailed Hawk


“Raptors, from curious little owls to large powerful eagles, are probably my favourite subjects. Hawks and falcons with their streamlined shape and ferocious demeanour always appeal.”

The hawk was revered for its hunting skills and its extraordinary vision. The hawk appears with both bird and human features as the central face on many sun masks and on frontlets worn by chiefs. The hawk is regarded as a liaison between the human and sky worlds.

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.