Paul Binnie
Ushiwakamaru and Benkei

Paul Binnie “Ushiwakamaru and Benkei” 2015 main image
Ushiwakamaru to Benkei (Ushiwakamaru and Benkei) is a tattoo design made to fit with an Utagawa school print of male legs, separated from its upper half. My replacement upper half fits with my continuing interest in tattoo motifs and works rather well as a stand-alone design, plus the image of the two heros of medieval Japan is loosely based on a painting by Torii Kotondo. As ever, I like the model and his tattoos to interact in some way, so he is holding a short sword in a similar pose to Ushiwakamaru in the tattoo.
Paul Binnie
Artist
Paul Binnie
Title
Ushiwakamaru and Benkei
Japanese title
Ushiwarakamaru to Benkei 牛若丸と弁慶
Series title
Date
Medium
Colour woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
40.9 × 29 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
Edition size
50
Artist's proofs
Carver
Paul Binnie
Printer
Paul Binnie
Subjects
Men (Binan-ga 美男画)
Japanese tattoos (Irezumi 刺青)
Remarks
Same model as used for Sharaku's Caricatures, Bang Bang and Umbrellas.
References
Completing The Picture: The Amherst Project
Catalogue number
157 (L171)
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