Paul Binnie, Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture

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Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 -)
Title: Mountain Temple in Yamagata Prefecture
Edition: 40/100
Series: Famous Views of Japan
Date: 2005
Size: 43.1 x 29.2 cm

Original 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.

Paul Binnie


Blending traditional methods with a modern style, Paul Binnie’s work is heavily influenced by the Shin-hanga movement, founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo aimed 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, Binnie works independently, making prints from beginning to the end, as was done by artists of the post-war Sosaku hanga movement. He works across several different subjects including kabuki, tattoo, landscape and beauty prints. Binnie’s original plan of a short stay in Japan changed once he started to sell his kabuki prints. He decided to expand his technique and remained in Japan creating works of this subject until 1998. 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). Near the end of 1997, he began to expand into Japanese landscape prints, which became a huge success.

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Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Binnie
SubjectLandscapes, Contemporary
Dimensions43.1 x 29.2 cm
Condition ReportTape residue on back corners.