It all began with restoring an American child’s rocker back in 1981.
‘I immediately fell in love with the process of bringing a family heirloom back to its former glory,’ says Roger. ‘The thrill of seeing the re-emerging beauty of clients’ treasured objects has never left me. It doesn’t matter if I’m restoring a valuable antique or a giving a 30-year old chair a new lease of life. But what does matter is that every piece holds a special memory for someone. I channel my passion for art and restoration into bringing those memories back to life.’
Raised in regional Victoria, Roger headed to London in his early 20s, specialising in working with 17th and 18th century Italian and southern European furniture. Immersing himself in the art of French polishing, gilding, cabinetry and finishing, Roger travelled widely around the UK and Europe, soaking up art and culture as he went.
Eventually returning to Melbourne, Roger completed an apprenticeship with leading antiques and antiquities expert, Graham Geddes .
‘I was just 31 and one of the youngest dealers in Australia when I established Roger Hose Antiques and Art in Brisbane’s Woolloongabba arts precinct in 1994,’ says Roger. ‘My love of Spanish and French antiques remained undimmed, but the addition of high quality Asian, colonial industrial and custom-made furniture, art and collectables made for a truly eclectic and genuinely exciting mix that drew customers from around the country. It’s a combination that still attracts strong interest to this day.’
Himself a gifted painter and sculptor, Roger regularly exhibits in Australia and overseas. His expert consultancy services are also sought for a wide range of commercial projects including restaurant fit-outs and high-end hotel refurbishments.