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Takahide Komatsu (KOE)  
Takahide Komatsu (KOEI)
"C o e x i s t e n c e"
Gallery 47, 1st-7th June, 2009
We are honoured to introduce Takahide Komatsu on the occasion of his first visit to London. He is a 29-years-old artist from Miyazaki prefecture in the south of Japan. His style combines elements from the rich heritage of ancient Japanese traditional techniques with his own innovative working methods and style. The use of gold leaf applied to a paper background is a time-honoured technique in the creation of Japanese folding screens and Komatsu refers to this tradition in his work in a contemporary style by using gold leaf extensively in his acrylic paintings on canvas.
Komatsu is fascinated by the beauty, grace and power of the natural world and is particularly drawn to butterflies which represent one of his key motifs. They mean a lot to him personally too: his family's own crest is based on a butterfly design and his father is a passionate and knowledgeable butterfly lover.
The threat posed by global warming and the changes to the planet's ecosystem wrought by energy-intensive development to animal and plant life is particularly distressing to Komatsu. Surrounded, as he is, by the magnificent natural beauty of his home region of Miyazaki, he expresses his love and concern for his native environment and its fauna in meticulously recording and celebrating the small creatures and plants he knows so well.
June 1st Mon - 7th Sun, 2009 
Mon-Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 10 am - 3 pm
Reception: June 5th, Fri 6 pm - 9 pm
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Exhibition curated by Yoshiko Wheatley
Supported by TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY, Osaka, Japan
at Gallery 47 [opposite the British Museum]
47 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PB, UK 
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