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Rose Adare

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Lives in
Hilo, HI


Academy of Art University (pending), 2001, BA
Atelier School of Classical Realism, Temescal, 2004

exhibition/performance, traditional, modern, figurative, contemporary-art, contemporary-traditional, goth, Steampunk painting, steampunk art, steampunk, Infamous, famous contemporary, famous, fine art, atelier, silver leaf, sacred geometry, classical realsim, Classical-Realism, Legion of Honor, Avante-Garde, avante garde, counterculture, corsetry, corset, corsets, nudes, nude, linen, oil on canvas/linen painting, oil on canvas/linen, OilPaintings., oil/canvas, gold leaf, GOLDLEAF, Bohemian, celebrity, celebrities

Current Exhibitions and Events
Aug, 2016 Hawaii National Parks Centennial Exhibition
Scheafer International Gallery at MACC
Rose Adare

As an evocative portrait artist, Adare’s models include social-rock stars, activists and award winning talents at the cutting edge of their respective communities. 

Earning her Bachelors in illustration at the Academy of  Art University in San Francisco, Adare enrolled at the Atelier School of Classical Realism in Temescal on a full, three scholarship. Studying under David Hardy, who Adare deems "the best color theorist in America", her compositional skills derive from an amalgam of David Hardy's tutors, including Antonin Sterba and  William H. Mosby of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and Joseph Van der Brouk of the Royal Academy in Brussels.

Adare began her Fine Art career as The Muse Studio founding the annual Muse Showcase: A Celebration in Art and Music, in Berkeley, CA. Expanding throughout the Bay Area, Rose took on two solo shows, the first at the Sutter Gallery in San Francisco followed by another at Epic Arts in Berkeley. Of note, Rose had the honor of participating in a collective show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor's fine art museum in SF, for a Toulouse-Lautrec Perspective.

After a devastating collision with a municipal train in 2005, Rose spent the following years unable to paint, her attempts to draw only manageable by taping a pencil to her fingers. Moving to Hawaii, Adare spent the following years in recovery, before returning with her debut portrait series Restraint & Revolution.

Using corsetry as a symbol of Restraint & Revolution, each vision wears a handmade waist-synch or bustier visually symbolizing their struggle as an underground subculture. Her notable counterculture models include such amazing talents as Academy Award Winner and Native American rights activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, award winning LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) orator Kimberly Dark, renowned sexologist, activist and author Carol Queen, Seattle based singer-song writer Jason Webley, Gregangelo of San Francisco's Velocity Circus and Cirque Du Soleil and many more.

Using gold and silver leaf with gamblin oils on only the finest museum grade canvas, her meticulously layered paintings are notorious for their ability to glow and almost breath. Using sacred geometry in her under-drawings, her portraits naturally focus the eye by blending around the line of action. In her work, it's possible to note Adare's homage to Lucien Freud, John Singer-Sargent, and Nicolai Fechin.

Restraint & Revolution Video



Recent Exhibits

Rose Adare participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2015 Restraint & Revolution: Burn for the Arts
American Steel Studios
Jul, 2015 Edges & Curves
Julie Montenegro State Farm
Jul, 2015 Edges & Curves
Julie Montenegro State Farm
Jun, 2015 At First Hawaiian Center | Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2015
The Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center
Jun, 2013 Best of the West, 2013
The Wyland Gallery, Kona
Feb, 2013 Cycles of Life
Donkey Mill Art Center
Click here to see all exhibits for Rose Adare
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