Paul Binnie, Rain Clouds, Nature, Contemporary Art

Original Japanese woodblock print.
Paul Binnie, Rain Clouds, Nature, Contemporary Art
Paul Binnie, Rain Clouds, Nature, Contemporary Art Paul Binnie, Rain Clouds, Nature, Contemporary Art

Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Amagumo (Rain Clouds)
Edition: A/P VII
Date: 2001
Dimensions: 10.1 x 41.7 cm
Condition: Some pigment around margins, some faint creases.


Paul Binnie (born May 27, 1967) is a Scottish painter and printmaker known for his colourful woodblock prints. He studied printmaking under the master printer of Doi-Hangaten on the recommendation of artist Toshi Yoshida. Binnie has exhibited widely in such places as Tokyo, Paris, London and New York, and his works are in many collections, such as the British Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. In his works, he skillfully combines Japanese culture with Western ideas.


The rain clouds in this hashira-e format print were printed partly in a reduction technique. This means that the edition cannot be printed again as in the process of applying layers of pigment and carving it smaller each time, the woodblock is damaged. The artist applied mica powder on the streaks of rain, acquiring an interesting, shimmery effect.

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Print Format Tanzaku
Artist Name Paul Binnie
Title Amagumo (Rain Clouds)
Subject Landscapes, Contemporary
Dimensions 10.1 x 41.7 cm
Publisher Self Published

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.