by Richard Hamilton
pigment transfer, 1996-1997
15 3/8 in. x 15 3/8 in. (390 mm x 390 mm) overall
Sitterback to top
- (Michael) Derek Elworthy Jarman (1942-1994), Film-maker, painter, stage designer, gardener and campaigner for gay rights. Sitter in 16 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The portrait was taken by Hamilton shortly before Jarman's death when they met at Tate to celebrate the Gallery's recent acquisition of Jarman's Ataxia - Aids is Fun, the painting in the background. Hamilton later used computer manipulation to blur the image to approximate Jarman's view of the world, affected by a severe eye disorder connected with the later stages of AIDS.
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Events of 1996back to top
Current affairsThe largest ever IRA bomb is detonated in Manchester causing the destruction of many buildings and over 200 injuries. Nobody died in the incident because a warning was given and the area evacuated. After the bombing much of Manchester was rebuild and in 1998 it won a successful bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana finalise their divorce after four years of separation.
Art and scienceThe Spice Girls enjoy massive popular success with their first single Wannabe going straight to Number 1. The group are remembered as much for their sassy, outspoken 'girl power' attitude and their continuing subsequent celebrity as for their music.
Danny Boyle tells the story of a group of Edinburgh heroin addicts in his critically acclaimed film version of Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting.
InternationalThe First Chechnya War breaks out between Chechnya and Russia when Russian forces invade the country in support of Chechnyan opposition to the government. The invasion went badly with strong Chechnyan resistance and dissent in the Russian command. However, a truce was finally established after Russia seized the capital Grozny. More than 46,000 people died as a result of the conflict.
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