“Like the majority of New Zealanders, I have lived close to the sea my entire life. I have had thousands of seagulls as noisy neighbours. Some of whom display raucous, unpleasant traits towards each other. Regardless of their social behaviour, a closer look reveals their wonderful colours and feathers and one can only marvel at their mastery of flight.”
There are many species of seagull on the Northwest Coast which had the natural ability to ride the powerful westerly winds. Stories are told of great winds that blew onto the coast — all the birds attempted to stop it by flying directly into the gusting wind to find its source but were blown back to the beaches. The clever gull carried a spear and flew around the coastline and into the bay throwing the spear into the wind to stop it. In the Kwakwaka’wakw culture, the gull headdress sometimes appears in association with other sea characters worn by dancers performing Komokwa, Chief of the Undersea World.
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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