Whitestone Gallery Hollywood Road is pleased to present the lively Japanese emerging artist, Miwa Komatsu’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition will introduce Komatsu’s latest works and significant creations, including her iconic Guardian series; to share her view with the audience and invite them into her vividly deep dynamism of spirituality.

Miwa Komatsu (1984- ) was born in Sakaki City in Nagano, Japan and graduated from Joshibi College of Art and Design in Tokyo in 2004. The artist started her career producing copperplate prints, and started painting after a flash of enlightenment during one of her trips to New York. Komatsu’s favorite subjects are divine beasts, particular guardian dogs, which are often seen in Shinto shrines in Japan. She paints their diversity rooted in history and region, as the Lion Dogs were introduced to Japan after traveling across many continents, and changed appearance after being influenced by various cultures along the way. She entirely devotes herself tackling her motifs; explore themes relating to mononoke (spirits) and yokai (ghosts and goblins) at a young age. The strange, fantastic divine beasts in her paintings look intimidating, but at the same time, look humorous; they are dynamic but also sensitive, her paintings present a happy fusion of ideas and skills. She has succeeded in making the slow and painstaking line drawings flourish in modern times. Her toughness and undaunted spirit are refreshing.

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UG/F, Lee Roy Commercial Building, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

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Opening Hours: 11:00 - 19:00

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Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1984, Komatsu graduated from Joshibi University of Art & Design, where she serves as a visiting lecturer. She is also a visiting lecturer at Tokyo University of The Arts. Komatsu's journey to becoming a professional artist began due to overwhelming praise for her copperplate engraving titled "49 Days", crafted while she was still enrolled at Joshibi University. Although she began her career with copperplate engraving, her oeuvre has expanded to incorporate acrylic paintings and works rendered in Arita porcelain. She is best known for her depictions of animal-like "Divine Spirits", which she creates with an abundance of expressive power. Having delivered a shock to the Japanese art world and earned a good reputation amongst overseas art critics, Komatsu is considered one of Japan's most promising young artists. Career Highlights: 2014: "SHIN FUDOKI" dedicated at Izumo Grand Shrine, Izumo 2015: Works made with Arita porcelain Guardian lion dogs displayed at Chelsea Flower Show; subsequently included in Permanent Collection of the British Museum, London 2016: "The Origin of Life" purchased by private collector for display at the World trade Center, New York 2017/18: Holds exhibitions in Taipei, Hong Kong and Japan, set new records in terms of both audience mobilization and sales. 2019: VR artwork "INORI", created in conjunction with a world-renowned VR content company HTC VIVE ORIGINALS from Taiwan. , nominated for VR( Virtual reality section ) at the 76th Venice International Film Festival 2020: Designs official T-shirt for "24-Hour TV" charity television marathon 2021: "Next Mandala: Home of Soul" unveiled at The New Context Conference 2021, Tokyo
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