Paul Binnie, Kuniyoshi's Cats, Tattoo Design

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Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Kuniyoshi's Casts
Edition: 28/100
Series: A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo
Date: 2004
Condition: Excellent.
Size: 43 × 29 cm

Kuniyoshi was well-known in the Edo period for his love of cats, and they appear in all sorts of prints by him, from bijin-ga to shunga, and in this print the tattoos as well as the title cartouche derive from his c. 1848 series 'Cats Representing the 53 Stations of the Tokaido'.


The seal in this print is a cartoon cat design made up of the letters of Paul Binnie's name, a conceit which he decided to continue throughout the series, contorting the Roman letters of 'Paul Binnie' into images which refer to the subject.


Throughout the series, the designs break out of the frames into the margins, and are placed against shaded sumi backgrounds printed in baren-sujizuri, or swirling texture printing, while the title and signature are printed in bronze metallic pigment. In 'Kuniyoshi's Cats' the fur of the real cat is embossed (blind-printed).

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Artist Name Paul Binnie
Title Kuniyoshi's Cats
Subject Contemporary
Condition Report Excellent.
Dimensions 43 × 29 cm
Publisher Self Published