Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Diving Tern, Te Tara • White-fronted Tern


  • Medium: mataī (New Zealand Black pine), wood base
  • Size: 14 × 12 × 5 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KR140702

One of the four species of tern breeding in New Zealand, the Tara is by far the most plentiful of the terns to be seen around the coastline. Highly gregarious, usually flying in flocks and nesting in colonies, the Tara is streamlined in appearance with pointed wings and forked tail. The name “Sea Swallow” is sometimes used.

A favourite subject of mine, the exquisite little tern must be an avian leader in terms of body form. I feel some birds can use a little artistic license in order to make them appear attractive but how can the beautiful dynamic, fragile lines of a tern in flight be improved on?

—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.