Inhabiting open country the Barn Owl is the world’s most widespread owl occurring almost worldwide. A large, pale buff and white plumaged owl it is readily identifiable with its mournful, heart-shaped white facial disc. A silent flyer, the Barn owl is a night hunter preying on large insects, even hares and rabbits. To manage this in the dark it has developed a unique hearing ability, which enables it to hunt by sound alone. Nesting in unused and derelict buildings, the Barn Owl with its silent flight and eerie rasping screech has prompted many haunted house tales. This Barn Owl sculpture is highly stylized and is the artists’ interpretation.
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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