Brilliant, gorgeous, painted, gay

By Derek Jarman

garden-derek-jarman.jpgThe Garden, 1990

Brilliant, gorgeous, painted, gay,
Vivid, flaunting, tearaway,
Glowing, flaring, lurid, loud,
Screaming, shrieking, marching, proud,
Mellow, matching, deep and sombre,
Pastel, sober, dead and dull,
Constant, colourful, chromatic,
Party-coloured and prismatic,
Kaleidoscopic, variegated,
Tattooed, dyed, illuminated,
Daub and scrumble, dip and dye,
High-keyed colour, colour lie.

Derek Jarman from Chroma, a Book of Colour – June ‘93