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.
The Exhibition of Derek Jarman: Luminous Darkness (exh. cat., Tokyo, Tokyo Creative '90 Temporary Mus., 1990)
Queer (exh. cat., Manchester City A. Gals, 1992)
Evil Queen: The Last Paintings (Manchester, U. Manchester, Whitworth A.G.,1994)
R. Wollen: Derek Jarman: A Portrait. Artist, Film-Maker, Designer (London, 1996)
10 December 2000
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