Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Belted Kingfisher


“My ancestral home is located at the small coastal town of Tairua. Once a sleepy hollow it is now a popular seaside resort. Kingfishers are plentiful there and over the years I have become familiar with their form, colour, postures and social habits.”

The kingfisher with its speed, agility and patience, is admired for its fishing skills and is regarded as a spirit helper. Kingfisher has been known to appear as a puppet in the Hamatsa ceremony and was often depicted in rattle forms or as the additional carved detailing on chiefs’ Raven Rattles.

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.