Paul Binnie
Phoenix Dream

Paul Binnie “Phoenix Dream” 2006 main image
Artist
Paul Binnie
Title
Phoenix Dream
Japanese title
Hō-ō no yume 鳳凰の夢
Series title
Date
Medium
Colour woodblock print on paper
Sheet dimensions (h × w)
55.8 × 42 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
49.5 × 36 cm
Edition size
20
Artist's proofs
≈ 4
Carver
Paul Binnie
Printer
Paul Binnie
Subjects
Women (Bijin-ga 美人画)
Japanese tattoos (Irezumi 刺青)
Remarks
This print was commissioned by a Swiss gallery in a very small edition of only 20 impressions. The composition was inspired by Torii Kodondo's print Keshō (Make-up), which Binnie had recently acquired; and by the gallery owner's tattoo of a hō-ō bird on his shoulder, Katherine Martin. The gallery was Galerie Jewels of Asia in Zürich, owned by Damian Christinger.
A/P 2 lacks details appearing in other A/P and 1/20.
This particular phoenix tattoo was designed by Horiyoshi.
References
The making of Phoenix Dream in pictures
Van den Ing, E (ed.) , Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past, Art Media Resources, Chicago, p. 131
Catalogue number
94 (L109)
Supplementary images
Ink sketch thumbnail Ink sketch
Artist's proof 2 thumbnail Artist's proof 2