Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Swainson’s Thrush


“A frequent visitor to my wife Patti’s herb garden is an inquisitive thrush. Almost every morning we observe it leave its nest and help itself to stalks from fresh herb plants. I always thought a thrush only ate grubs, and insects etc — perhaps the herbs are taken for another reason. A shame I could not have given my version of a thrush’s beautiful singing voice.”

The Olive-backed Thrush is a bird character and one of forty masked dancers introduced by the grouse dancer in the presentation of the Atlakim, Dance of the Forest Spirits, which is part of the winter ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw.

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.