Whitestone Gallery Taipei is pleased to announce the opening of “Spiritual Guardians”: Miwa Komatsu Solo Exhibition. It will be the first solo exhibition of Miwa Komatsu in Taiwan, and the artist will be present for the opening period. Introduced by the Taiwanese media as Chihiro Ogino, the protagonist from the cartoon film Spirited Away because of the resemblance of characters, the style of Komatsu can be traced back to her childhood: experiences of being present at the final moment of animals led the artist to form her unique view of life and death. Through depicting various spiritual animals, the artist manages to construct her distinct mystical universe. This solo exhibition in Taipei features Miwa Komatsu’s latest works and several significant creations, including her Guardian series collaborated with mobile video game “Terra Battle 2”, paintings inspired by her journey in Taiwan. The artist will remain at the venue for a brief period after the opening to share the audience with her world of view and to invite them into her vividly deep dynamism of spirituality. We cordially welcome you to visit and experience inexhaustible creative force of Miwa Komatsu. [sliders id='3809' title='tw-miwa-komatsu-122017-tbl' ]

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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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