Hiroe Komai (b. Kyoto, Japan) paints series of intricate watercolour works. Her recent series were created while staying in the Finnish National park of Koli in the middle of winter. Her daily routine was walking around the village and park in -20 degrees. During her walks she noticed several old, forgotten houses, observing how they had been built using wooden logs and stood, quiet and dignified, in the landscape. Komai discovered that the houses had been standing for more than 100 years. Fascinated, she painted them in an exploration of the village’s history and folklore.
Komai has exhibited extensively in London and internationally and her work can be found in a number of national and international collections, including the Gunnar Sachs Collection. In 2016 she completed a residency and had a solo exhibition in Košice in Slovakia. In 2012 she was awarded the commission for a major architectural public commission in Kyoto, Japan. In 2020 she exhibited bronze sculptures at JGM, alongside painter Colin Smith.
Komai’s work can be found in several national and international collections including the Gunnar Sachs collection, and in 2012 she completed a major public commission in Kyoto Japan.