Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Koekoeā • Long-Tailed Cuckoo


“A large cuckoo with speckled brown plumage and a very long tail — the Koekoeā is a New Zealand migratory bird, spending New Zealand’s cooler winter in islands of the northern Pacific waters and returning around October at the start of our summer.

“A spiritual bird, it was said that the mythical hero Tāwhaki after journeying to the sacred heights returned with three birds, Koekoeā, Huia and Kotuku (White Heron) to provide his wife with their plumes for adornment. Having once rescued a dazed Koekoeā, I hope I have managed to capture a little of its beauty.”

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.