Paul Binnie: Paintings to Prints and Back Again
New York, September 21 - 30, 2010
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Scholten Japanese Art is pleased to announce a second exhibition for September 2010: Paul Binnie: Paintings to Prints and Back Again. This special exhibition, following closely on the heels of the gallery's Asia Week show (2010: 20th century Japanese prints and paintings, 10th anniversary exhibition), has been scheduled to commemorate a prestigious commission of a limited edition woodblock print by Paul Binnie for the Print Club of New York, which he will be presenting to the collecting group this September. Scholten is happy to take advantage of this opportunity to present an exhibition of Binnie's woodblock prints, drawings and paintings.
The Print Club of New York is a not-for-profit collecting society founded in 1991 that arranges a limited edition commissioned print presented each year to the group personally by the artist. In order to achieve this annual commission, club membership is limited to only 200 individuals. While the Binnie print commissioned for the club will not be available commercially, we will have a test print on view at the gallery along with the original watercolor, blocks and proofs used to make the print and will be presenting Binnie's most recent released woodblock prints, including the red-ground Tears commissioned by Scholten in an edition limited to only 50 impressions earlier this year.
This is Scholten's second exhibition of the work of Paul Binnie. The first, Echoes of Japan: the Woodblock Prints of Paul Binnie exhibited in 2008, was focused primarily on his work as a printmaker, from his earliest stencils to his most elaborate large scale full-color woodblock prints.
In this exhibition we will present a broader spectrum of his work, and en route, explore the artist's method of working up a composition for a print or painting, as well as the process of woodblock printmaking itself. The exhibition will include sketches, drawings watercolors and oil paintings related to woodblock print designs.
While Binnie is well-known as an artist working in the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking, he began his career as a studio painter. Collectors visiting his studio in London are sometimes surprised to discover his walls are completely covered with his striking oil paintings. This is not as unusual as it may seem, many of the leading Japanese shin-hanga (lit. 'new print') artists, in whose steps Binnie follows, studied Western painting techniques at some point, including Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921), Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), and Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950).
Binnie holds Yoshida in particular reverence; he collects his work and has been following in Yoshida's footsteps with his ongoing Travels with the Master landscape series. His monumental woodblock print depicting Grand Canyon illustrated above was inspired by a 1926 print of a similar vantage by Yoshida. In the upcoming exhibition we will be able to exhibit this print along with a large original oil painting of Grand Canyon by Binnie. In addition, the original paintings related to several of his compositions already released as prints, New York Sunset, New York Night, and Niagara Falls (all three illustrated here) will be on view beside impressions of the prints, along with a few coveted paintings and conté drawings of bijin (beauties) subjects as well.
There will be two events hosted by Scholten related to this exhibition. The first, a workshop and demonstration on printmaking, will be offered during Asia Week, on Thursday, September 16th at 3pm (spaces limited). The artist will also be in attendance at the exhibition opening, Tuesday, September 21st from 5:00-7:00.
Scholten Japanese Art, located at 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D, is open Monday through Friday, and some Saturdays, 11am to 5pm, by appointment. To schedule a visit please call 212.585.0474. For the duration of the exhibition, September 21-30, the gallery will have general open hours (no appointments needed) Mon. - Sat., 12 to 5pm.