Behind the Hannya Mask

Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967

Behind the Hannya Mask
(Ura Hannya)

jigsaw woodblock print with hand-colored tattoo and gold mica background, signed at lower right in kanji, Bin-ni, with artist's round red seal BINNIE, numbered in pencil on bottom margin at lower left, 2/20, titled at center, Ura Hannya, and pencil signed Paul Binnie, the blocks cut 1997, printed 2005

38 3/8 by 26 1/8 in., 97.6 by 66.5 cm

Although blocks for this 'jigsaw' woodblock print were cut in 1997 (around the same time as the Sleeping Boy- Osamu and Sleeping Boy- Naoyuki jigsaw prints), he only got as far as printing test proofs while still living in Japan. In 2005, in his larger studio in London, Binnie produced a small edition of only twenty impressions, each with a full gold mica background and hand-applied color in the area of the tattoo, and available either with a separate woodblock printed fundoshi applique, or without.

The model for this print is the actor Kawasetsu Yu, the subject of an oil portrait completed by Binnie in 2002.

Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 122, no. 85



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