Paul Binnie
Contact Lens of 1970

Paul Binnie “Contact Lens of 1970” 2017 main image
brings the annual release of the new design in the series Hyakunen no Hana (Flowers of a Hundred Years), and for the design is called Contact Lens of 1970. A young woman prepares to put on a contact lens, carefully placing it on her right forefinger, and holding a small mirror in her left hand. Her hair is stylishly mid-length and curled under, and instead of a kimono, she is wearing an extremely fashionable kaftan decorated with psychedelic flowers. This vibrant robe is set against a more subtle background of Martin Teal, a particular green-blue which here shades irregularly from dark above to light below and which was also used in my release Hagoromo (The Feathered Robe). Contact Lenses were first suggested theoretically by Leonardo da Vinci, but were actually invented in the later 19th century, though of glass. Plastics were introduced in the 1930s, which allowed hard contact lenses to be lighter and less intrusive than glass, although it wasn’t until 1959 that soft contact lenses were developed, which revolutionised their comfort and wearability and lead to widespread use by around 1970. As a contact lens wearer myself, the subject is close to my heart.
Paul Binnie
Artist
Paul Binnie
Title
Contact Lens of 1970
Japanese title
1970-nen no Kontakuto renzu 一九七〇年のコンタクトレンズ
Series title
Flowers of a Hundred Years
Japanese series title
Hyakunen no Hana 百年の華
Date
Medium
Colour woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
47.1 × 33.1 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
Edition size
100
Artist's proofs
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Catalogue number
165 (L162)
Supplementary images
Sumi ink sketch thumbnail Sumi ink sketch
Binnie explaining his oil varnish technique used in the print's background (with Katherine Martin) thumbnail Binnie explaining his oil varnish technique used in the print's background (with Katherine Martin)