With their snippets of poetry, drawings, film storyboards, thoughts, plans and photographs, Derek Jarman’s sketchbooks offer a rare insight into an artist’s mind at work. Sean O’Hagan takes a lookSee our gallery of images from Derek Jarman’s sketchbooks hereThere are so many different Derek Jarmans that it feels strange to focus on just one aspect of the man,” writes pop culture historian Jon Savage in one of the many essays-cum- recollections threaded though the beautifully produced Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks. And yet the ideas mapped out in the 31 private sketchbooks the controversial filmmaker, artist and gay activist produced throughout his working life are like blueprints for his many and varied projects, and show off a restless creative temperament that roamed far and wide for its inspiration.Jarman, who died aged 52 in 1994, was one of the last of the great underground filmmakers, merging myth, queer politics and often outrageous fantasy in feature films like Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, War Requiem and the determinedly abstract Blue, which was his defiant swan song. It was shown on Channel 4 in 1993: 75 minutes of luminous, glowing blue accompanied by a live Radio 3 broadcast of the voices of Tilda Swinton, Jarman and …read more

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