Lei - - Table Of Contents - TEXT BY Marcela L.K. Biven & Vin­cent Van Der Gouwe IM­AGE COUR­TESY OF THE ARTIST

An­drew Rose Gallery in down­town Honolulu is chang­ing how peo­ple think about art in Hawai‘i.

Glass alone sep­a­rates the hus­tle of down­town Bethel Street from the seren­ity be­hind the doors of the An­drew Rose Gallery. Like peer­ing into the depths of shal­low wa­ter, spy­ing glim­mers of mys­te­ri­ous life below, the gallery acts as an aquar­ium of liv­ing art.

Gallery di­rec­tor, cu­ra­tor, artist, and teacher, An­drew Rose re­ceived his mas­ter’s de­gree in paint­ing and art his­tory from Pratt In­sti­tute and quickly es­tab­lished him­self in the New York City art com­mu­nity. Yet Rose’s de­sire for Hawai‘i’s colorful el­e­ments drew him back to the is­lands he vis­ited as a child. In a stroke of “never-say-never” luck and un­fore­seen suc­cess, Rose trans­ferred his tal­ents in small ex­hi­bi­tions to his down­town Honolulu space on Bishop Street in 2011.

Ac­cord­ing to Rose, the gallery, which is lo­cated at the “cross­roads of com­merce and cul­ture” in the heart of Honolulu’s fi­nan­cial cen­ter, is meant to be ac­ces­si­ble to a broad spec­trum of clien­tele. The ros­ter of artists rep­re­sented at his gallery is di­verse and made up of world-class tal­ent. It in­cludes Univer­sity of Hawai‘i at Manoa art depart­ment head Gaye Chan, pho­tog­ra­pher Franco Sal­moiraghi, con­tem­po­rary land­scape painter Noreen Naughton, and Spald­ing House mu­seum ed­u­ca­tor (also fea­tured in this is­sue), Bradley Capello, to name a few.

With his small but well-de­signed gallery, Rose aims to ex­pose the world to art that has a sig­nif­i­cant con­nec­tion to Hawai‘i. “Tra­di­tion­ally, the in­ter­na­tional art scene is not very in­ter­ested in art from Hawai‘i,” he says, “but I an­tic­i­pate a seis­mic shift com­ing that will change that.”


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