Paul Binnie, Ogon (Golden)
Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Ogon (Golden)
Published: by the artist
Size: 31.7 x 23.8 cm
Kappazuri stencil print on paper.
This print shows a bronze backlit silhouette of a tattooed male with a sakura (cherry) blossom half sleeve. The paper is a black washi, and the background is covered in gold mica powder, giving the print a golden sheen.
Cherry blossoms stand for the fleetingness of life in Japanese culture. In both traditional and contemporary woodcut prints, such elements like flowers and animals were and are often used to infuse the image with additional layers of meaning.
This edition particularly is one of Paul Binnie's earlier tattoo print series, in which the subject is depicted in a slightly different style than in the ones to come after. The manner of shaping the figure without the use of lines is reminiscent of Toshi Yoshida's experimental work, a woodblock print master admired by 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.
|Subject||Samurai & Male, Tattoo Design, Contemporary|
|Dimensions||31.7 x 23.8 cm|