Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Romantic Robins - Ngā Toutouwai


A small sparrow sized bird with dark grey and purplish plumage, long thin legs, a large head and an upright stance. The Toutouwai inhabits native and exotic forests in most areas of New Zealand. Friendly and trusting, it is a great songster, singing loudly in the forest canopies. Diet consists mainly of small insects.

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”.

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.