THE PERFECT BITES
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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