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Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
Dragon and Demon
(Ryu ni Oni)
the title in the cartouche at upper right, Ryu ni oni, and numbered in red ink, 54/100, the artist's kanji signature to the left, Bin-ni, artist's Bin seal in white at bottom left corner, and date seal below, Heisei ju nen (Heisei 10 ), numbered in pencil on the bottom margin, 54/100, and signed, Paul Binnie, ca. 1997
dai oban tate-e 16 3/4 by 11 3/4 in., 42.6 by 29.9 cm
The subject of this print actually had this elaborate back tattoo, and like many individuals who have endured the long and painful process of acquiring a complex design on their body, he was quite pleased to model it for Binne. It was the success of this print that sowed the seeds of the Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo series which Binnie would begin in 2004 with the Kuniyoshi's Cat print.
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 94, no. 53