Angelic Conversations

Derek Jarman (1942 - 1994)

Oil on canvas

May 1982

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© The Estate of Derek Jarman Courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London

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  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street
    Angelic Conversations presents a grid filled with frenzied lines against a blue background of wave-like forms, with three circular shapes running along the top. The line ‘Angelic conversations’ features in handwriting at the bottom. Although best-known as a filmmaker, Derek Jarman painted throughout his life. His painterly practice accompanied his work in film, and in 1985, Jarman released the movie The Angelic Conversation. This follows a young man’s journey into longing for another man, and combines stop-motion images with ethereal music, images of the land and sea and an unseen narrator (Judi Dench) reciting fourteen of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Associating a major British literary icon with an evocative expression of male desire, Jarman struck a provocative political note in 1980s Britain, during a period of homophobic repression and the fight for equal rights.
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    Angelic Conversations
    May 1982
    Oil on canvas
    height: 71 cm, width: 51 cm, depth: 2 cm
    Purchased from Wilkinson Gallery, September 2016
    verso: Derek Jarman / May 82 / Angelic Conversations / for Phil / for his 21st / with Love / Derek
    Wilkinson Gallery; purchased September 2016
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