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Derek Jarman, 1942–1994

Landscape with Crow1967

Landscape with Crow belongs to a series of paintings made by Jarman the year he left the Slade. These paintings were notable for their large size and were part of a solo exhibition of twenty paintings at the Rimmel Gallery in 1966. The works met with critical acclaim and were included in the prestigious ‘Young Contemporaries’ exhibition at the Tate. In the work Jarman plays with perspective by dividing the landscape with straight and curved lines. The series of works were quick to make and Jarman used found objects as sculptural interventions within the compositions. Many of the objects derive from bathroom paraphernalia such as a tap, a towel rail, a toothbrush holder and sponges. The artist has not told us what he meant to be understood from these elements (if anything) but they are so unusual they invite further investigation.

Mediummixed media on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 152.4 x 213.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4166
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Derek Jarman, Landscape with Crow, 1967, mixed media on canvas, Unframed, 152.4 x 213.4 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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