Paul Binnie, A Contest of Contemporary World Fashion


Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: A Contest of Contemporary World Fashion (Konze Fuzoku Kurabe)
Date: 2015
Dimensions: 28.8 x 40.4 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Konze Fuzoku Kurabe (A Contest of Contemporary World Fashion) shows a sort of 'alternate history' - let us imagine that instead of being closed to all outside influence until the 1850s, Japan had been able to access information about the West in the 1780s. Women might well have rushed to dress in the height of Western fashion of the time as they did a century later, and this print shows what might have been the outcome. A young woman proudly wears her French court dress, including high powdered wig surmounted by a galleon in full sail, and drinks her tea from a handled cup, to the surprise and bemusement of the other women around her. This print was made to display with a Shuncho print of beauties in a garden of the 1780s, and that is the date of the style of French costume too.
(c) Paul Binnie

Paul Binnie (1967 - )

Blending traditional methods with a modern style, Paul Binnie is working mostly under the influence of Shin-hanga movement, founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo was aiming to renew declining Ukiyo-e tradition and break into foreign markets by commissioning new, young artists who would work within the old co-operated system, composed of the publisher, artist, engraver and printers. However, Paul makes his own prints from beginning to the end by himself, as was done by artists of another post-war movement: Sosaku hanga.

He mostly works in several subjects such as kabuki, tattoo, landscape and beauty prints. His original plan had been to stay in Japan less than he actually did but once he started to sell his kabuki prints, he decided to expand his technique more and has created works of this subject until 1998 in Japan. His interest in Japanese tattoo was born when he saw Yakuza, members of the Japanese mafia who traditionally have body tattoos, bathing for the first time in a sento (Japanese-style public bath). He is still working on a series of woodblock prints of this theme. Near the end of 1997, he began to do Japanese landscape prints and these became a huge success.

More Information
Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistPaul Binnie (1967 - )
SubjectBeauty & Female, Contemporary
Size28.8 x 40.4 cm
Condition ReportExcellent condition.
publisherSelf Published:1000-3000