Paul Binnie, Spring, Beauty with Umbrella
Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Spring A/P
Series: The Four Seasons
Dimensions: 49.5 × 32.9 cm
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Beauties with umbrellas are a common theme in the prints of the floating world. In this print, Paul Binnie has consciously looked to the past for ideas, while bringing the style of the piece somehow into the modern world. Baren sujizuri, line printing with the edge of the baren, is used in the background to suggest rain, along with streaks of mica powder.
The young lady wears a lush, colourful kimono with a cherry blossom pattern and her hair is neatly tied into a bun, a few strands having fallen loose due to the inclement spring weather.
|Artist Name||Paul Binnie|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||49.5 × 32.9 cm|
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.