Chroma A Book of Colour – June ’93

Derek Jarman
Ali Smith (Introduction By)

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A poetic, passionate and intensely personal exploration of colour written during the final year of Derek Jarman’s life — with a new introduction by Ali Smith.

A poetic, passionate and intensely personal exploration of colour written during the final year of Derek Jarman’s life — with a new introduction by Ali Smith.

In Chroma, his most poetic and lyrical book, Derek Jarman explores the uses of colour. Shifting across the spectrum and from the medieval to the modern, he draws on the work of great colour theorists from Pliny to Leonardo. Interwoven with these musings are evocative memories from Jarman’s childhood and illustrious career, along with reflections on his deteriorating health.

Written a year before Jarman’s death, and as his eyesight was failing, this is an intensely personal work; a paean from an artist seeking to memorialise the extraordinary power of colour even while it receded from his own life.

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ISBN – 9780099474913
Publisher – Penguin Random House
Format – Paperback
Dimensions – 199mm X 130mm
Categories – Art Writing

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‘The life-affirming expression of an artist engaged in living to the full’ The Times

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‘The life-affirming expression of an artist engaged in living to the full’ The Times

Smiling in Slow Motion is Derek Jarman’s last journal, stretching from May 1991 until a fortnight before his death in February 1994. Jarman writes with his trademark humour and candour about friends and enemies, as he races through his final years of film-making, gardening and radical political protest.

Written from Jarman’s Charing Cross Road flat, his famed garden at Dungeness, and finally from his bed in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Jarman meditates on his own deteriorating health and the loss of his contemporaries. Yet Smiling in Slow Motion is not simply a chronicle of illness and regret- it is, at its heart, one of endeavour, determination and pride.

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Modern Nature

A very special book – a divine, meditative and inspiring diary of Derek Jarman’s famous garden at Dungeness.


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A meditative and inspiring diary of Derek Jarman’s famous garden at Dungeness.

In 1986 Derek Jarman discovered he was HIV positive and decided to make a garden at his cottage on the barren coast of Dungeness.

Facing an uncertain future, he nevertheless found solace in nature, growing all manner of plants. While some perished beneath wind and sea-spray others flourished, creating brilliant, unexpected beauty in the wilderness.

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