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Derek Jarman, 1942–1994

Blind Date1992

Text became a prominent feature in Jarman’s large scale and later works, such as Blind Date, (1992). Helped by a team of assistants, these densely textured works were painted on a ground comprised of pages duplicated from tabloid newspapers. The defamatory headlines were obscured by layers of thickly worked paint, before being etched or finger painted with words and slogans. Often the statements scrawled into the works’ brightly coloured surfaces recycle slang and insults, a vocabulary deployed ironically with a view to highlight double meanings. The statements inscribed on the paintings’ surfaces create the effect of speaking out, engaging us in an energetic and open-ended dialogue.

MediumOil on Photocopy on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 251 x 149 cm
Unframed, 251 x 149 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4191
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Derek Jarman, Blind Date, 1992, Oil on Photocopy on canvas, Unframed, 251 x 149 cm|Unframed, 251 x 149 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Derek Jarman 1942–1994

English artist Derek Jarman studied at the Slade School of Art, London, in the early 60s, and was part of a group of young painters who embodied a changing mood in British art. From the late 1960s Jarman worked in set design. In 1976 he produced his first feature film.  In socially conservative Britain, his work made queer lives and history visible. From the 1980s, Jarman made music videos with artists including The Smiths, Marianne Faithful, Bob Geldof, Marc Almond, the Pet Shop Boys and Suede.

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