UPDATE: The exhibition has been profiled by UAL.
Derek Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author. His final film and script ‘Blue’ is currently showing at the CHELSEA Space gallery, London.
Donald Smith, head curator of the gallery asked me to categorise and tweak the images from the two books which make up a large part of the body of the work for the exhibition. Heres a little excerpt from the Tate website about his work, and ‘Blue’.
‘The relationship between film and painting continued to be central to Jarman’s work; the non-narrative flow of imagery and improvisatory collage-like quality of his films was more suggestive of a painterly than a cinematic sensibility.
Jarman was diagnosed as HIV-positive in December 1986. His last set of paintings were highly coloured works in which a word or slogan was daubed across an effusively scraped and splattered ground, again dealing with aspects of his illness. The violence and anger of these paintings contrasts with the serenity of his final film, Blue (1994). Made when he was virtually blind, it consisted solely of a monochrome blue screen, with a soundtrack of voice and music.’