A large handsome bird with a lustrous black plumage and a raucous voice, the raven, a member to the crow family, is widely distributed throughout the world. For fame and renown, the Raven has few rivals in the bird kingdom. From time immemorial it has, sadly, been considered in certain societies as a bird of ill omen, foreboding death and bringing disease and bad fortune.
It is not all bad news for the Raven however. In some cultures, it commands esteem and respect. The First Nations people of North America admire it for its mysticism, spiritual symbolism, intelligence and gregarious nature. Many legends, myths and fables have been woven around it.
New Zealand does not have ravens but a prehistoric species did exist. Fossilized evidence suggests the bird in size etc. closely resembled the North American version.
Artist Comment: All artworks have been sculpted and recycled from recovered damaged fragments from trees felled scores of years ago, which escaped the saws of the timber mill. By way of storm and flood relics eventually came to rest on oceans foreshores and river banks near the sculptor’s homes”.
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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