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Derek Jarman Biography

Derek Jarman was a legendary iconoclastic multi-disciplinary artist. Through filmmaking, painting, writing and gardening he offers invaluable insight into the nature of the society in which he lived. His work drew from philosophy and literature as well as his own personal history and his interests included Hereclitus, alchemy and the writing of John Dee, Shakespeare, contemporary music, Benjamin Brittan, gardening and the history of plants. His ground-breaking use of the Super 8 camera used in both short and feature length films, illustrates the same daring innovation as his paintings. His poetry and journals display an immense writing talent and his garden at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness is revered by horticulturists worldwide. He was an ardent and forthright campaigner for gay rights and his work is a powerful testimony to the way he dealt with his HIV status, his sexuality, with homophobia in the press and their manipulation of the AIDS epidemic, and to his courageous confrontation with his own mortality.

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Derek Jarman (b.1942, London, UK - d.1994, London, UK) has upcoming exhibitions in Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac and Manchester Art Gallery, UK. Recent important solo exhibitions include_PROTEST!,_ IMMA, Dublin, Ireland My garden's boundaries are the horizon, Garden Museum, London, UK, PROTEST!, IMMA, Dublin, Ireland, The Last of England, VOID, Derry. Other notable solo shows include Derek Jarman: Curated by Isaac Julien, Serpentine Gallery (London UK), Kunsthalle Zürich (Switzerland) and Kunsthalle Wien (Austria), Derek Jarman: A Retrospective, Barbican Centre (London UK), Queer: Derek Jarman, Filmmuseum Potsdam (Germany) and Derek Jarman: Super8, Julia Stoschek Collection, (Düsseldorf, Germany).

Exhibition view: LUMA Arles, 2021 opening exhibitions with the Parkett Archive. Courtesy Parkett. 

Derek Jarman Featured Artworks

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Old Mortality by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanOld Mortality, 1982Oil on canvas
121.92 x 86.36 cm
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Untitled (England II) (and clock) by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanUntitled (England II) (and clock), 1983Mixed media, in two parts
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Grievous Bodily Harm by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanGrievous Bodily Harm, 1986Oil and mixed media on canvas
46.3 x 35.56 cm
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Silence by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanSilence, 1986Oil and mixed media on canvas
25.4 x 40.64 cm
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Untitled by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanUntitled, 1988Oil and mixed media on canvas
14 x 10 inches
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Untitled by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanUntitled, 1988Oil and mixed media on canvas
41.2 x 25.4 cm
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Archaeology by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanArchaeology, 1988Oil and mixed media on canvas
14 x 10 inches
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Untitled (Bone, Face and Cross) by Derek Jarman contemporary artwork
Derek JarmanUntitled (Bone, Face and Cross), 1988Oil and mixed media on canvas
45.72 x 25.4 cm
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