Whitestone Gallery Taipei is pleased to present Miwa Komatsu solo exhibition on Dec. 7. In addition to the artist's new paintings, this exhibition also showcase the interactive VR artwork "INORI", which is co-created by Miwa Komatsu and HTC VIVE, as well as nominated in the 76th Venice Film Festival and the UK Raindance Film Festival.

Born in Nagano in 1984, Komatsu was involved with various wild animals in her childhood due to the natural environment in the neighborhood. With ample experience witnessing the death of animals, Komatsu has established her unique understanding of living and death. She started to learn copper- plate engraving during her time she studied at Joshibi College of Art and Design. At the age of 20, her painting ’49 days’ was widely appraised for its extraordinary skills and personality, which also open her gate of being a professional artist. Her artworks apply a powerful expression to focus on the subjects of holy beats which has the power of death. She outstanding performance led her to held solo exhibitions continuously in her hometown Nagano, including The Museum of Tetsu, Kitano Museum of Art Annex, and Ueda City Museum of Art. In 2014, she dedicated her work to Izumo Taisha Shrine, which elevated her art to an upper ground. In the same year, Komatsu collaborated with landscape designer Kazuyuki Ishihara and exhibited her Aritaporcelain guardian dog at Chelsea Flower Show in London; the work won the golden prize and entered the collection of British Museum. She also collaborated with HTC to create the VR interactive “Prayer”, which was shortlisted for the 76th Venice Film Festival VR Competition Unit.

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KOMATSU MIWA
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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