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Akio Nagasawa Gallery Aoyama is pleased to announce the opening of Marefumi Komura’s solo exhibition “Diamond.”
Born in 1977 and based in Tokyo, Marefumi Komura has been dedicating himself with great enthusiasm to his work as a painter.
The title of this exhibition was inspired by an old, handmade children’s book that Komura discovered in a secondhand shop. The book has the Japanese letters for “Diamond” handwritten (apparently by a child) on its cover. “From the playfully original style of the writing, I could imagine how the child must have enjoyed designing those letters. Today the book looks quite old and battered, but for the child it must have been like a glittering treasure back when it was still new and shiny,” the artist explains.
Diamond is known to be the hardest natural mineral on earth, and has thus been described using such powerful expressions as strength, luster, value, invincibility, conquest, rule, unyieldingness and permanence. In spite of their extreme hardness, however, diamonds are by nature easy to break from a specific angle. Characterized by such material/verbal polarity, diamond captivated Komura as a material that symbolizes “the beauty of fragility and imperfection that runs as an undercurrent through [his] works,” and became the new subject of the “Subtract” series of abstract paintings that was unveiled at short notice last year.
On display at this exhibition are a number of new paintings and drawings, while standard and special editions of Works on Paper (2019), a self-published collection of Komura’s drawings, are available at the venue and from the online shop.
We are looking forward to your visit!
Lives and works in Tokyo.
2018 Big Ship The Mass, Tokyo
2017 Ginza Morioka-Shoten, Tokyo
2016 Flower Huddle The Mass, Tokyo
2014 3331 Art Fair ‒Various Collectors' Prizes‒ 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
2014 Art Stage Singapore
2013 Why not live for Art? II - 9 collectors reveal their treasures Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2013 Small Painting Like Us Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
2013 Felt Like Painting Felt, Tokyo
2012 New Paintings Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
2013 Symbiosis Aki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 XYZ Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
2011 Fragment Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
2009 Feeble Shanghai, China
2008 Painting and Drawing TCP gallery, Tokyo
2008 Faultiness frantic, Tokyo
2007 Untitled, Wall of Sound, Seattle, US
2006 NADA - New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair Miami 2006
2006 Geisai 2006
Works on Paper
A collection books of 48 drawings (oil on paper).
Works on Paper (Special Edition)
A special edition of “Works on Paper” (hard cover version, signed & numbered) set in a special box with “Graphite on Paper 2019” and an original print (signed).
The image of original print is different for each book. Sorry, you can not choose an image.
End Loop Diamond (CD)
- Dia (15:40)
- Mond (15:36)
Each case is hand-painted
Oil on jewel case