For Derek

“The Gardener: Portrait of Derek Jarman” (1994) by Michael Clark

Derek Jarman would have turned 70 today. A beautiful storyteller, Jarman’s words and images continue to inspire and captivate.

“Michael Clark drew the film-maker towards the end of his life, when he was a man facing sickness and death. The drawing has a distinct and immediate impact, foregrounding as it does the quality of personal courage of the sitter. You are powerfully drawn to the face, you have a sense that the sitter trusted the artist to see into the eyes, to do much more than observe …” [Anita Phillips, 2010]

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