Paul Binnie, ‘A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo: Sharaku's Caricatures’, 2011, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

Scottish artist Paul Binnie's early interest in the Japanese woodblock print tradition was formed as a collector. Fascinated by the medium, Binnie moved to Tokyo in 1993 and started to train under master printmakers, eventually honing his distinct style to create modern twists on traditional subjects like female beauties and Kabuki theater actors, often incorporating clever visual homages to classical precedents. Here, the tattoo covering the male nude is based on a portrait of Kabuki actor Ōtani Onji by woodblock artist Tōshūsai "Sharaku" (fl. late 18th century). Binnie’s work was featured in Japan Society's 2013 exhibition "Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints."


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