Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
The Famous 18 Plays: 'Wait a Moment'
(Kabuki ju-hachiban: Shibaraku)
kappazuri (stencil print) on black washi paper with silver pigment highlighting his hair; signed in the composition, Binnie, signed and numbered at bottom right margin in red crayon, Paul Binnie 48/80, followed by artist's seal bin-ni, and date seal Heisei roku-nen (Heisei 6 ), ca. January - April 1994
dai oban tate-e 18 1/2 by 12 1/4 in.
47 by 31.2 cm
In 1840, Ichikawa Danjûrô VII (1791- 1859) compiled a list of 18 kabuki plays, the Kabuki jûhachiban, representing the most noteable plays, acts, and scenes in the repertory of the Ichikawa acting-family dynasty. Of the 18 famous roles, the Shibaraku role is undoubtably the most closely associated with the family. Literally translating as 'wait a moment'- the highly stylized make-up and the red (or sometimes black) kimono decorated with the massive white mimasu mon (three rice measure) family crest on each sleeve was a mainstay for generations. The Shibaraku role was incorporated into a variety of plays- all that is recquired is a moment of high tension for the actor to make his big entrance and freeze the play: 'wait a moment!'
Binnie commenced this series of kappazuri (stencil printed) actor prints in January of 1994, and completed the first 8 designs by October 1994. During the same year he also began to produce monochromatic woodblock prints, followed by full-color printing the following year. Although he continued to produce kappazuri through 1995, by 1996 his block carving and printing skills had reached a level that allowed him to overcome many of the challenges of full-color printing. Once he was able to produce color prints up to his own standards, Binnie stopped designing kappazuri and the series was not completed.
Reference: Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 53, no. 11
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