There is evidence that a prehistoric species of the raven existed in New Zealand and greatly resembled the North American version. The raven features prominently in many of the oral histories and legends of the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast of North America. It seemed appropriate that this important mischievous bird be honoured in this exhibition, especially as it is being hosted in the Pacific Northwest city of Vancouver, Canada, on the lands of the Coast Salish nation.
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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