Paul Binnie, Harunobu's Bathtub, Tattoo Design
Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Harunobu's Bathtub (45/100)
Series: A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo
Condition: Excellent condition.
Size: 29.5 x 42.7 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
The figure tattooed on the model's right upper arm is derived from Suzuki Harunobu's (1725-1770) circa 1767-68 print, 'Two Women Washing Their Hair'. Binnie isolates the right-hand figure and her washbasin from the original composition, placing her in tattoo-form on the shoulder of a seated beauty who squeezes water out of a sponge held to her chest while surrounded by clouds of steam.
|Artist Name||Paul Binnie|
|Title||Harunobu's Bathtub (45/100)|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Shunga Erotica, Contemporary, Tattoo|
|Dimensions||29.5 x 42.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Excellent condition.|
|Series||A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo|
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.