Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Black Oystercatchers


“These are favourite birds of mine with their speedy trotting gait, the groups standing in military formation into the wind, some on one leg. I remember my dog, Sheena, chasing them across sandbanks, being teased and never succeeding in keeping pace.”

The oystercatcher is a quick moving bird usually seen in flocks feeding at low tide on sandy beaches and river mud banks. The oystercatcher has access to valuable knowledge because of its ability to move swiftly between the sky, earth and sea kingdoms. The oystercatcher is also portrayed as a rattle and is a definitive spiritual object used in shamanic ceremonies amongst the northern Northwest Coast nations. The oystercatcher with its long curved neck and long beak becomes the basic body form of the rattle and is then decorated with entwined figures representing communication across the different realms of the world.

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.