Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Tāne Mahuta • God of the Forest


A son of Ranginui and Papatūānuku, Tāne is the God regarded by Māori as the creators of birds, trees and other creatures of the land. After prising his parents apart and bringing light into the world, Tāne unsuccessfully seeks out a human female. Instead he couples with other forms of females and from these unions the hundreds of different species of birds are produced. Tāne then creates the trees and plants to provide his offspring with the sustenance and homes necessary to live.

This mask form of Tāne, Māori mythical God of the Forest and its creatures, is the product of a purchase of a very old recovered piece of New Zealand kauri. With very little depth of solid wood, there was a limit on what I could do with it but I am very happy with what I achieved.

—Rex Homan

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.