Paul Binnie, Winter, woodblock print

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

Four Seasons: Winter
(Shiki: Fuyu)

a bijin wearing a white scarf around her head pauses to look over her shoulder, her color with silver-white mica, the folds of her scarf embossed, the deep marine blue sky embellished with a spattering of gofun (ground oyster shell) snowflakes; the title, Fuyu, in gold at upper left, signed below in darker brass-colored metallic printed kanji, o ju (by special request) Bin-ni, followed by artist's silver seal Binnie, and signed in pencil on the bottom margin A/P (artist's proof), Paul Binnie, ca. September - November 2003

dai oban tate-e 18 3/4 by 12 5/8 in., 47.6 by 32 cm

The Four Seasons series was commissioned by an American collector who requested 50 impressions of the first design, Summer, and 100 impressions of the remaining 3 seasons. The deluxe series was lavishly produced on thick over-sized paper and utilizing copious numbers of color blocks with nearly every imaginable labor for the artist, including, bokashi (gradation of colors), baren sujizuri (decorative swirl marks created by manipulating the baren), karazuri (lit. 'blind printing' or embossing), and metallic printing. Although Binnie had for the most part avoided female subjects in his woodblock prints previously, the series was a tremendous success.

Reference: Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 112, no. 75


Paul Binnie, winter, keyblock proof

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

Four Seasons: Winter
(Shiki: Fuyu)

keyblock proof and test print of the gold mica title and white mica on the collar; signed in pencil in lower right corner, Binnie, with artist's seal Binnie in pale silver mica, ca. 2003

This proof is actually also a test of the registration of the blind printed edge of the tenugui (head scarf).

18 1/4 by 12 5/8 in., 46.2 by 32.2 cm



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