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.

Paul Binnie, Sword, Nude, Contemporary Art
Paul Binnie, Sword, Nude, Contemporary Art Paul Binnie, Sword, Nude, Contemporary Art


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


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.

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Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Binnie
SubjectSamurai & Male, Shunga Erotica, Tattoo Design, Contemporary
Dimensions30.8 x 41.5 cm
Condition ReportExcellent condition.
PublisherSelf Published
FoldersIn Store, HB