Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Bewick’s Wrens


“A short walk in a dense rain forest in South Island of New Zealand introduced me to my first wren. Super friendly, curious and not at all timid, I was convinced it wanted me as a friend. On reflection I was probably a little misguided as I was most likely disturbing and exposing insects and making a juicy dinner for the wren.”

Wren, a small bird with a nervous disposition, is renowned for his ability to secure important information. The wise wren was known as a judge and all creatures depended on him to pass judgments and solve their problems. The wren was known to be the one to always say the right thing.

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.