“Another member of the Corvidae family, the Blue Jay is not common to the Northwest and confusion arises with its comparison to the Steller’s Jay. I was a little confused myself giving this piece the Blue Jay title, however for being such a handsome chap how could he be excluded. So to cover all possibilities, I carved interpretations of both jays for the exhibition.”
The Blue Jay inhabits regions east of the Rockies, when in reality it is the Steller’s Jay that resides in British Columbia. The Blue Jay occasionally is referenced in Northwest Coast imagery and many years ago we had an interpretation of a Blue Jay carved as a rattle. Stories mention that Blue Jay often ridiculed the black bear saying “you are so slow and clumsy” and kept following him from tree to tree. Black bear wanting to show the jay his special powers, stood up on his hind legs and two lightning snakes came from his mouth.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
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.
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