Posted By: Kym Klein - 04 Dec, 2019
The 2019 Te Waka Toi Awards - Supreme Award Winner is sculptor Rex Homan (Te Rarawa) who over a thirty-year career is regarded as one of country’s finest wood-sculptors specialising in life like bird, flora and fauna works.
Rex Homan is a Coromandel-based artist and regarded as one of country’s finest wood-sculptors with a long career that found recognition in the 1960s and 1970s. Rex describes his work as contemporary Polynesian, drawing heavily on nature and mythology.
The only national awards for Nga Toi Māori, the Te Waka Toi Awards are hosted annually by the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa through Creative New Zealand. They are supported by Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission), Te Matatini, Te Puni Kōkiri, and Te Māngai Paho and Te Māori Manaaki Taonga Trust.
Since 1986 these prestigious national awards have recognised excellence and achievement across all artforms, including Māori heritage arts practice (e.g. tā moko, tarai waka, waiata, mōteatea, rāranga, whakairo, te reo, whaikōrero, karanga, tukutuku, kowhaiwhai, kapa haka waiata a ringa, waiata tawhito, poi, whakaeke, whakawaatea, waiata haka, mau rakau and taonga pūoro) as well as the work of Māori artists across all forms of contemporary arts practice (e.g. theatre, dance, literature, photography, visual arts).
"These awards are our opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the tremendous contribution that these artists have made in shaping our arts world. But importantly they provide the inspiration to those young artists who are yet to emerge by putting Ngā Toi in front of the world showing us all how the arts strengthens our communities, sense of place and identity." said Chair of Komiti Māori, Te Waka Toi Dean Whiting.
Jet Park Hotels are proud to have a long standing relationship with Rex Homan and you can see his incredible artworks at our hotels at Auckland Airport and Rotorua that include such works as the iconic 'fish wall' in the lobby at Auckland Airport and a Kokako that has been carved from authentic New Zealand Swamp Kauri.