Paul Binnie, Beauty Portrait, Lingering Dreams, Contemporary Art
Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 – )
Title: Lingering Dreams (Yume no ato)
Published: by the artist.
Size: 54.4 cm x 41.7 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
This is a new version of a previously published print entitled 'Phoenix Dream' in which the girl is shown with a tattoo design on her shoulder. This version focuses more on her features as if she has just woken up. Her vulnerability is emphasised by the soft tones and gradation of the pigments as she is grasping the pink bed sheet or the fabric of her clothes. Her hair is beautifully rendered in a bow style.
The Japanese title of the print is on the left-hand side margin. Edition number and artist signature in original pencil. 'Binnie' embossed on the bottom margin.
|Artist Name||Paul Binnie|
|Title||Lingering Dreams 22/200|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Shunga Erotica, Contemporary|
|Dimensions||54.4 cm x 41.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Very light crease marks on the left side of the print.|
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.