Paul Binnie, Moon Over Shinobazu


Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Moon Over Shinobazu (A/P)
Series: Snow, Moon and Flowers
Published: by the artist
Date: 1998
Dimensions: 42 x 30 cm

Original woodblock print.

This series was for a Paul Binnie solo exhibition at the Tokyo American Club in 1998. In this print, the viewer is drawn into the design, standing by the bridge to Benten Shrine on Shinobazu Pond at night, with a black cat watching two lovers embrace beneath the willow trees. Deep perspective is created by shadows and dark tones in contrast with the flatness usually found in the woodblock print medium.

Paul Binnie

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.

More Information
Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Binnie
SubjectLandscapes, Contemporary
Dimensions42 x 30 cm
Condition ReportExcellent.