Paul Binnie, Beauty Portrait, Protest March of 1960, Contemporary Art
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 – )
Title: Protest March of 1960
Series: Flowers of a Hundred Years (Hyakunen no hana)
Published: by the artist
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.
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.
|Artist Name||Paul Binnie|
|Title||Protest March of 1960|
|Subject||Beauty & Female|
|Dimensions||47.5 x 33.5 cm|
|Series||Flowers of a Hundred Years|