Paul Binnie Behind the Hannya Mask

Paul Binnie “Behind the Hannya Mask” artwork
I am also taking this opportunity to present my largest-ever woodblock, done in a more sosaku-hanga (creative print) style; Ura Hannya (Behind the Hannya Mask). I have employed a full sheet of washi paper, so the print is approximately 97 x 67cm, and is a jigsaw print, where the large colour areas are cut from one block of wood rather than multiple blocks. It has hand-colouring in the tattoo, and is against a gold mica ground to simulate gold leaf. I needed a great deal of help from Hara Takayuki, my assistant, to print such a large piece, and in recognition of this, I asked him to title the prints in the bottom margin, while I signed and numbered them from an edition of only 20. While the standard print shows the subject nude, I have also made a version with fundoshi (traditional underwear) in chine colle, for those who don't want the figure to be quite so exposed!
Paul Binnie's announcement,
Paul Binnie
Behind the Hannya Mask
Japanese title
Ura hannya 裏般若
Series title
Jigsaw woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
97.6 × 66.5 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
91 × 60 cm
Edition size
Paul Binnie
Paul Binnie w/ Hara Takayuki
Handsome Men (Bidanshi 美男子)
Tattoos (Irezumi 刺青)
Noh plays ( )
Van den Ing, E (ed.) , Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past, Art Media Resources, Chicago, p. 122
Catalogue number
85 (L221)
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