Paul Binnie, Maiko in Kyoto, Kimono Design


Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 – )
Title: Kyo Maiko (Maiko in Kyoto)
Series: Azuma nishiki bijin awase (A Collection of Eastern Brocade Beauties)
Published: by the artist
Date: 2008
Edition: 15/100
Dimensions: 43.8 x 33 cm


In November 2007 Paul Binnie visited Kyoto for a lecture at Ritsumeikan University. The old atmosphere of the capital and the maiko that can still be seen walking down the street wearing elaborate kimono with intricate patterns are beautifully rendered in this portrait.


The edition number and artist signature are written in pencil and ‘Binnie’ is embossed on the bottom margin.

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, Landscapes
Size43.8 x 33 cm