“The swan is a paradox. Elegant and serene when in the water, awkward and ungainly on land, I have tried to portray the swan’s beautiful characteristics in a more sculptural manner.”
The swan, like the goose, was sometimes associated with shamans because of the belief that the swan had special access to the realms of land, sky and water. The swan is rarely portrayed and occasionally appears in the art of the Tlingit in the far north of British Columbia and Alaska. Over the years we have seen several interpretations of the swan carved as feast bowls. The swan was hunted for food and its down was valued for warmth and decoration of ceremonial objects.
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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