Signed on the reverse Komiwa in English Miwa KOMATSU in Japanese and dated 2019
Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
Miwa Komatsu is a copperplate print artist born in Nagano in 1984. Under the support and encouragement of her mother, she focused on copperplate engraving during her studies at the Joshibi College of Art and Design. She was nominated as one of 39 top world artists and was acclaimed as a global artist. Her artworks were included as a permanent collection at the British Museum, allowing Komatsu to become the youngest artist of the BM collection. Her early works were completed with fine lines in monochrome. Subjects were dark with the theme of life and death. From 2013, Komatsu started to explore the relationship between spirits and human beings, turning the gloomy nature of life and death into positive hope. Mythical creatures have dominated her canvas ever since. The spirited animal in Protect You was depicted as a deer of Nara, a griffin of Europe, a naga of India, a tiger of Thailand and a dragon of the East. They are the spirited animals in different cultures, giving peace and protection to civilisations. The artist believes that these spirited animals possess a gentle power. She believes eyes are important channels of energy transfer in humans, animals and spirited animals. They are an irreplaceable part of the body as one could communicate through expression of the eyes. Hence this painting became one of the important works of the period.