Paul Binnie, Spring, The Four Seasons


Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Spring A/P
Series: The Four Seasons

Published: by the artist
Date: 2005
Dimensions: 49.5 × 32.9 cm

Original woodblock print.

Beauties with umbrellas are a common theme in the prints of the floating world. In this print, Paul Binnie has consciously looked to the past for ideas, while bringing the style of the piece somehow into the modern world. Baren sujizuri, line printing with the edge of the baren, is used in the background to suggest rain, along with streaks of mica powder.

The young lady wears a lush, colourful kimono with a cherry blossom pattern and her hair is neatly tied into a bun, a few strands having fallen loose due to the inclement spring weather.

Paul Binnie

Blending traditional methods with a modern style, Paul Binnie’s work is heavily influenced by the Shin-hanga movement, founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo aimed 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, Binnie works independently, making prints from beginning to the end, as was done by artists of the post-war Sosaku hanga movement. He works across several different subjects including kabuki, tattoo, landscape and beauty prints. Binnie’s original plan of a short stay in Japan changed once he started to sell his kabuki prints. He decided to expand his technique and remained in Japan creating works of this subject until 1998. 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). Near the end of 1997, he began to expand into Japanese landscape prints, which became a huge success.

More Information
Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Binnie
SubjectBeauty & Female, Kimono Design, Contemporary
Dimensions49.5 × 32.9 cm
Condition ReportExcellent.
PublisherSelf Published