Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo: Hokusai's Waterfalls
(Edo zumi hyaku shoku: Hokusai no Taki)
the background printed with sumi ink bokashi of baren swirls, the spray of water meeting the figure's back is highlighted with a spattering of white gofun which varies from print to print, the series title cartouche in the upper right margin, the print title to the left, with the first portion, Hokusai no, in the style of Hokusai's signature, followed by a picture of a waterfall representing taki, signed in gold kanji at lower left, Bin-ni, followed by artist's red seal in the shape of a barrel (ready to go over the falls) that is comprised of the letters Binnie, pencil numbered and signed on the bottom margin, 27/100 Paul Binnie, 2006
dai oban tate-e 16 5/8 by 12 1/4 in., 42.2 by 31 cm
Binnie seamlessly integrates three compositions from the circa 1832 series A Journey to the Waterfalls in All the Provinces (Shokoku Taki Meguri) by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). The tattoo on the figure's left shoulder, consisting of a circular water source and the sheer vertical drop of the falls is derived from Hokusai's Amida Waterfall on the Kisokaido Road (Kisoji no oku Amidagataki). Binnie removed the yellow-green hills and bluffs which surround the falls in Hokusai's original image, including just the blue surroundings which meets the images from Hokusai's Horse-Washing Falls (Wahu Yoshino Yoshitsune uma arai no taki) and Kirifuri Waterfall at Kurokami Mountain in Shimotsuke (Shimotsuke KurokamiyamaKirifuri no taki). Amidst the rush of water, the artist prominently preserves the original horse-washing motif. The barrel-shaped artist's seal is not a reference to Hokusai, but rather is a playful allusion to the Western trope of falling down a waterfall in a barrel.
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 129, no. 92
Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
pink baren sujizuri ground and mica water streaming down the figure's back, signed with gold pigment at left, Bin-ni, with artist's circular seal Binnie, numbered, titled and signed in pencil on the bottom margin, 10/30, Shower, Paul Binnie, ca. February - May 2006
oban tate-e 16 5/8 by 12 1/4 in., 42.2 by 31.1 cm
For each design in the Edo Ink (Edo zumi) series Binnie produced non-tattoo versions in smaller editions of only thirty impressions. The alternate palettes emphasize the nudes themselves, juxtaposing the exposed skin against rich red or pink grounds, and eliminating the ukiyo-e references found in the cartouches, signatures and pictogram seals. The use of mica to represent the falling water is particularly effective.
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 117, no. 80
Scholten Japanese Art is temporarily closed.
Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
for more information.
site last updated
April 9, 2020
Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475
Join our mailing list...