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Derek Jarman (1942-1994), Film-maker, painter and campaigner for homosexual rights

(Michael) Derek Elworthy Jarman

Sitter in 12 portraits
Painter and filmmaker. Jarman studied painting at the Slade School of Art (1963-7) before moving into costume and set design for the Royal Ballet. His first feature film Sebastiane (1976) explored modern Britain, artistic idols and homosexuality. Jubilee (1977) is a cult classic film of the punk era, made in the Silver Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II. Subsequent films include Caravaggio (1985), The Garden (1991), Wittgenstein (1993) and Blue (1994). Jarman was also known for his writing and poetry, his gardening, and his work as an influential gay rights activist. Jarman died of an AIDS related illness.

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Derek Jarman

by Ian Rank-Broadley
bronze medallion, 1991
NPG 6147


Derek Jarman ('Seer')

by Michael Clark
oil on card, 1993
NPG 6322


Derek Jarman

by Terry O'Neill
digital R-type colour print from original transparency, 1980s
NPG x126156


Derek Jarman

by Steve Pyke
bromide print, 1983
NPG x27429


Derek Jarman

by Alastair Thain
bromide print, 1984
NPG x36071


Derek Jarman

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x35319


Derek Jarman

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x45360


Derek Jarman

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x35318


Derek Jarman

by Richard Hamilton
pigment transfer, 1996-1997
NPG 6680


Derek Jarman

by Johnny Dewe-Mathews
bromide print, October 1972
NPG x1463


Derek Jarman

by Alastair Thain
bromide print, 1985
NPG x32319


Derek Jarman

by David Thompson
toned and redeveloped archival print on Kentmere paper, 1992
NPG x46516

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