Paul Binnie
Phoenix Dream

Paul Binnie “Phoenix Dream” 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
Paper dimensions (h × w)
55.8 × 42 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
49.5 × 36 cm
Edition size
20
Artist's proofs
5 known
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
Paul Binnie “Phoenix Dream” Ink sketch thumbnail Ink sketch
Paul Binnie “Phoenix Dream” Artist's proof 2 thumbnail Artist's proof 2
Paul Binnie “Phoenix Dream” Verso thumbnail Verso