Benjamin Arnold Guppy loved turnips. He loved eating them, but most of all he loved throwing them. He also loved money and pain... extorting a lot of the former and causing an equal amount of the latter. A foul, sour-faced old swindler with a penchant for clucking like a chicken and more than a passing interest in the local postman, he was determined to get his hands on his neighbours' money, regardless of the cost. As it turned out, the price was his life.
Gina Collia-Suzuki is a writer, artist and art historian based in the UK. Having developed a deep interest in eighteenth century Japanese art and culture at an early age, she began studying Japanese woodblock prints whilst training as an artist in the 1980s. In 1986 the eminent scholar Jack Hillier became her mentor, and with his invaluable guidance she began in-depth research into the works of Kitagawa Utamaro. More than two decades of passionate study resulted in the publication of two groundbreaking works: 'Utamaro Revealed: A Guide to Subjects, Themes & Motifs', in 2008, and 'The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue', in 2009.
Keen to promote an understanding of the subjects encountered when looking at Japanese prints, Gina lectures on eighteenth century Japanese art, history and culture and maintains a popular blog dedicated to the same area of interest (http://www.ginacolliasuzuki.com/japanese_prints).
Gina is also the author of two satirical novels: 'The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy' and 'The Delightful Undoing of Patricia Enid Guppy'. She is currently working on an historical novel set in eighteenth century Japan.