Paul Binnie, Danjuro

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

Ichikawa Danjuro in Shibaraku
(Danjuro no Shibaraku)

finely printed with contrasting burnishing on parts of the actor's wig and gofun around the eyes; signed at upper right corner, Binnie, followed by artist's red kanji seal, Bin-ni; with date seal on upper right margin, Heisei hachi nen (Heisei 8 [1996), numbered in pencil below 44/100, the title on the lower right margin, Ichikawa Danjuro, Shibaraku, and signed in pencil on the bottom margin, Paul Binnie, ca. February - March 1996

oban tate-e 1/2 by 12 5/8 in., 44.5 by 32 cm

The Shibaraku ('wait a moment') role, long the mainstay of the Danjuro line of actors, is arguably the most famous of all kabuki roles, not only for its popularity amongst the fans (representing a moment of high tension within a play), but also because the costume and make-up translate so well graphicially into two-dimensional compositions. But perhaps what is most striking about this interpretation is that in addition to utilizing the bold colors and lines of the costume to create a strong composition, Binnie also manages to capture a sensitive portrait of the actor himself.

Reference:
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 76, no. 34

$600

Binnie, woodblock print, Danjuro

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

Ichikawa Danjuro in Shibaraku- Test print
(Danjuro no Shibaraku- Mihon)

signed at upper right corner, Binnie, followed by artist's red kanji seal, Bin-ni; with date seal on upper right margin, Heisei hachi nen (Heisei 8 [1996), the title on the lower right margin, Ichikawa Danjuro, Shibaraku, with artist's notations in the composition and on the margins, and signed in pencil on the bottom margin, COLOUR TEST, FEB 1996, Paul Binnie

dai oban tate-e 16 7/8 by 12 5/8 in., 43 by 32 cm

This is the first woodblock print Binnie produced after leaving the studio of his teacher, Seki Kanji.

Reference:
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 76, no. 34

$500

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