Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tāwhirimātea • God of the Winds


In the beginning there was Ranginui — Sky Father, Papatūānuku — Earth Mother, and their many sons. Rangi and Papa were inseparable and the world was dark and damp. To bring light to the world, their sons, with the exception of Tāwhirimātea, resolved to separate them. When finally Rangi was pushed up into the sky, Tāwhirimātea continually quarreled with his brothers. Ultimately he rejected life on earth and joined his father in the sky to become god of the winds. In revenge for forcing his father to live in the world above, Tāwhirimātea now sends down the winds and storms on his brothers.

Giving life to a sorry looking piece of wood most would consider only suitable for the fire always gives me great pleasure. This mask form of Tāwhirimātea, Māori mythical God of the Winds, is the product of a purchase of a very old piece of kauri. With very little depth of solid wood to work with I believe I have achieved a satisfactory result.

—Rex Homan

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.