Paul Binnie, Beauty Portrait, Protest March of 1960, Contemporary Art


Original Japanese woodblock print. 

japanese woodblock print, contemporary art, portrait, paul binnie
japanese woodblock print, contemporary art, portrait, paul binnie japanese woodblock print, contemporary art, portrait, paul binnie

Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 – )
Title: Protest March of 1960
Series: Flowers of a Hundred Years (Hyakunen no hana)
Published: by the artist
Date: 2016
Edition: 36/100
Dimensions: 47.5 x 33.5 cm

Condition report: Excellent.


This is the seventh of a series of bijin prints illustrating women throughout the decades of the 20th century. This print shows a beautiful young woman turning away from the group at a protest march against the government’s decision to continue to allow US military bases on Japanese soil to hold nuclear weapons. Images of the crowd and the placards were taken from actual film footage of a 1960 protest, and the artist decided to keep the sepia tonality of the original black and white film, which forms a complex, intricate monochrome backdrop to the simpler, full-colour form of the young woman. Her t-shirt carries the anti-nuclear peace symbol, here surrounded with bronze and silver metallic pigments and 23c gold leaf.


Series and print title embossed on the top left-hand side. Edition number and artist signature in original pencil. ‘Binnie’ embossed on the bottom margin.

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
Dimensions47.5 x 33.5 cm
Condition ReportExcellent.
SeriesFlowers of a Hundred Years
PublisherSelf Published