Paul Binnie, Sword, Nude, Contemporary Art

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Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Sword (Katana) 8/30
Date: 2007
Size: 30.8 x 41.5 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.


Non tattoo version of 'Kunisada's Danjuro'. Kabuki bloody handprints appeared frequently in Kunisada's prints. The artist cut a new block with the bloody handprint seen on the side of the model, and he made the background in several shades of blue and green to highlight the red. He also added deep red to the blade and tip of the sword.

Binnie also produced prints from the series 'One Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo' without tattoos for those who might prefer straightforward nude versions alone while changing the colour scheme.

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.

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Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Binnie (1967 - )
SubjectSamurai & Male, Shunga Erotica, Tattoo Design, Contemporary
Size30.8 x 41.5 cm
Condition ReportExcellent condition.
publisherSelf Published:1000-3000