I am an art historian, writer and artist based in the UK. Having developed a deep interest in Japanese art, history and culture at an early age, I began studying Japanese woodblock prints whilst training as an artist in the 1980s. In 1986 the eminent scholar Jack Hillier became my mentor, and with his invaluable guidance I began in-depth research into the works of Kitagawa Utamaro. Two decades of passionate study resulted in the publication of two books: Utamaro Revealed: A Guide to Subjects, Themes & Motifs (2008) and The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue (2009).
Keen to promote an understanding of the subjects found in Japanese prints, I give talks on 18th century Japanese art, history and culture and maintain a blog dedicated to the same area of interest. More recently, I have begun writing a column called Zuihitsu for Andon, the journal of the Society for Japanese Arts, about the everyday subjects that appear in Japanese prints. I am also currently working on a murder mystery novel set in 18th century Japan.
A selection of posts from my blogs... (Click on an image to view the post)