Whitestone Ginza New Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition“Prayer” of Miwa Komatsu. This is the first solo exhibition in 2020 at Tokyo by Miwa Komatsu who has designed this year’s charity T-shirt for 24 Hours TV. It would be our great pleasure if you could feel the world of contemporary artist Miwa Komatsu who has continued to draw “Prayer” paintings.

Born in Nagano in 1984. In her childhood, Komatsu had close contact with many living natures thanks to the rich natural environment: the experience of being present at their final moment led the artist to form her unique view of life and death, which linked to the peculiar style toward the beauty of death. Komatsu began copperplate engraving after entering Joshibi College of Art and Design. At the age of around 20, the work “ The Fourty- nineth day ” was appraised with its originality and it opened the way to be a professional painter. Starting from copperplate engraving, Komatsu has enlarged her ways of expression to acrylic paintings and even to Arita-porcelain in recent years. She has presented various works adopted themes such as death and the Gods who preside over it, holy beasts, Mononoke (supernatural beings) with strong embodiment of her performance. Komatsu realized consecutive solo shows at The Museum of Tetsu, Kitano Museum of Art Annex, and Ueda City Museum of Art, in her born-prefecture Nagano. In 2014, the artist dedicated her work to Izumo Taisha Shrine (the oldest shrine in Japan, considered as where the deity strongly dwells), which elevated her creational power all the more. In the same year, Komatsu collaborated with landscape artist, Kazuyuki Ishihara, and exhibited her Arita-porcelain guardian dog at the Chelsea Flower Show in London; the work won the prize and accomplished the splendid feat of entering into the collection of The British Museum. In 2017, her solo exhibition at Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho recorded circa 30,000 visitors. Komatsu has been active internationally versatile fields including addition of the work to World Trade Center in New York, exhibitions in Taiwan and Hong Kong, supplying the work to the movie, appearance in TV advertisement, just to name the few.

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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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