The Work of Gerald R Jarman, Painter and Draughtsman(1930-2014)


Gerald R Jarman

Gallery 1

22 November - 2 December

We are celebrating 100 years since the WW1 Armistice but Jarman’s drawings are not a celebration.
They depict the poignancy, pity and pain of war. War is not triumphant, neither side is a winner
and both sides are depicted equal in their suffering.

This exhibition of works from Jarman’s studio reveals an ability to display the highs and lows
of life – contemplative of joy and sadness. By contrast in peace the city is alight, people bustle
homeward or stay to dance and socialise. Buildings reach up to the night sky. In our parks ‘All
Life in the City Park’ is sharing the space, busy and going about its work and play. And then
again in quiet mood, viewed from interiors, the soft undulation of the rural scenes with ever
changing mood of cloudy skies and birds in flight.

Jarman captures mood and variety in colour or black and white while in contrast he uses only
charcoal and pencil to denote weariness and horror in his WW1 series.

Jarman’s work was accepted by the Walker Art Gallery (John Moore’s Liverpool exhibition 12 in
1980/81). Two of his drawings were in the Arts Council’s Hayward Gallery (Hayward Annual 1982
British Drawings). Over many years he sold from the Royal Academy Summer exhibition and they
purchased one of his paintings through the SIV Cooke Fund for Mitsukochi Company of Japan.
His paintings were sold through Coode-Adams, Martin Associates, Art Consultants, to companies
in the city and other paintings were sold through an American Agent.

Profits from sales from this exhibition, after the cost of framing, will go to Kent and Canterbury
Hospital, Brabourne Ward via the League of Friends of that hospital in memory of Crispin, Gerald
and Patricia Jarman’s son. ‘Crippen’ to his friends and colleagues worked at Canterbury Archaeological
Trust for over 20 years. Despite all efforts of staff there and at the Royal Free Hospital in London,
Crispin died in Kent and Canterbury hospital in July 2015. Before he died he discussed the possibility
of displaying his father’s paintings. His mother Patricia, widow Alison, brother Thom and Gerald’s
granddaughter Megan have all helped to put the exhibition together.