Paul Binnie, Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture, Famous Views of Japan
Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 -)
Title: Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture
Series: Famous Views of Japan
Size: 42.6 × 29.2 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
After a visit to the famous Mountain Temple in Yamagata, built on a precipice over the valley below and with stone steps carved from solid rock, Binnie's design for this site seems to remind us not only of Shin Hanga, but also of Hiroshige's landscapes. In this new edition of a 1996 design, Binnie decided to redo the design and the key block was recut, as well as a new set of colour blocks.
Seamlessly blending traditional methods with modern style, Scottish-born Paul Binnie works under the influence of the Shin Hanga movement founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo aimed to renew a 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, Binnie conducts the whole printmaking process himself, as was done by artists of another post-war movement, Sosaku Hanga.
|Print Format||Oban (Vertical)|
|Artist Name||Paul Binnie|
|Title||Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture 38/100|
|Dimensions||42.6 × 29.2 cm|
|Condition Report||A very light stain and crease on the right-hand side 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.