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

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

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


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.

More Information
Artist Name Paul Binnie
Title Protest March of 1960
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Excellent.
Dimensions 47.5 x 33.5 cm
Series Flowers of a Hundred Years
Publisher Self Published