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Senju Shunga Explores the Aesthetics of Shibari in Hankou
24 February 2021 

Senju Shunga Explores the Aesthetics of Shibari in Hankou

Senju’s new painting ‘Hankou (Defiance – Fig.4)’ is what the artist calls a sister painting for ‘Fuji (Wisteria – Fig.2)’ he produced a year ago. His fascination for the aesthetics of shibari/kinbaku (Japanse bondage art) was triggered by a documentary on a Finnish couple and the intimacies they share.

Dirty Von P

Hankou is one of the few paintings Senju made involving this theme but after completing it he instantly felt that it will be part of an ongoing series. For him, shibari breathes a visual magic and tension that he finds difficult to resist. The direct inspiration for Hankou was a photograph showing French rope master Dirty von P‘s work (Fig.1). The devil is in the details. And details is something Senju loves to paint. From the intricate pattern of her furisode kimono to the strands of rope that embrace her.

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Fig.1. Photograph of Dirty Von P and model

Takashi Miike

On his Instagram account Senju explains: “At first I was very unsure on how to approach this piece and I tip-toed like a cat around hot milk. Then, after watching a few films by Japanese director Takashi Miike, a vision of the completed painting suddenly appeared to me. The result of frantically working on “Hankou” for the past eight days is one that pleases me a lot,and I will most likely use the snooty, blackened and dark interiors found in Miike’s film “Kara-kiri” in my upcoming works.”

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Fig.2. ‘Fuji (Wisteria)‘ (2020)

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Fig.3. Picture of the unfinished ‘Hankou (Defiance)

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Fig.4. Detail ‘Hankou (Defiance)‘ (22 Feb 2021)

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Fig.5. Detail

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Fig.6. Head close-up

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Fig.7. ‘Hankou (Defiance)‘ (22 Feb 2021)

The Pleasure of Rope

In my search for the documentary on the Finnish couple (haven’t found it yet but will ask the artist) I came across the following trailer for the film The Pleasure of Rope (2018). It gives a compelling glimpse into this documentary that offers an in-depth behind the scene look into the fascinating world of Japanese shibari . It was directed by one of the UK’s visionary directors and BAFTA award winner Bob Bentley.

Click HERE for more background on Senju’s Fuji (Wisteria) painting and more…!!

This print is available now at Two Cranes Gallery…..!!

What do you think about this new piece by Senju? Leave your reaction in the comment box below…!!

About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
Luis
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Luis

on 24 February 2021

Amazing choice of colors!

Marijn
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Marijn

on 24 February 2021

Thanks Luis. You're absolutely right. He has an impressive palette.

JB
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JB

on 24 February 2021

Marijn, You wrote, "In my search for the documentary on the Finnish couple (haven’t found it yet but will ask the artist) I came across the following trailer for the film The Pleasure of Rope (2018)" --- are you referring to the documentary itself, or something else? The documentary (extended 3 DVD set) is available for purchase from https://www.esinem-rope.com/ and the book is available on Amazon and eBay. But I've a feeling you might be referring to something else. Senju's print: love the choice of colors, gold background, face and pattern of the kimono fabric. The "rope work" doesn't... well, "work" for me; it's messy, weak and lacks vigour. I'll pass on this one. :)

Marijn
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Marijn

on 24 February 2021

Thanks JB. I came across the documentary The Pleasure of Rope when I was searching for the documentary Senju mentioned. I love the trailer and wanted to share it with the readers.. Thanks for adding the link.

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