Prospect Cottage Garden Room



‘Prospect Cottage Garden Room.’

Prospect Cottage garden room, filled with pots, tools, gloves and a chair. With views out to Dungeness shingles National Nature Reserve. The room as I witnessed it in the summer of 2021. As if Derek Jarman and Keith had left it when the daily garden chores were done.

I created this print from my original ink drawings to which I apply colour digitally. Printed on fine art paper using archival inks. From a limited edition of 100. I individually sign and number each print.

‘There are no walls or fences. My garden’s boundaries are the horizon.‘ Derek Jarman

Prospect Cottage Garden

Some of the plants Derek planted in his famous garden are local sea kale, Iberian gorse, Californian poppies, valerian, lichen. Similarly Derek found beauty in decay, he used to beachcombing the shore to pick up old rusted irons and half rotten timbers for his garden.

His garden was an experiment of life and art, of creation and survival where native and foreign plants grow together. Possibly mimicking the creative society he often surrounded himself with. To illustrate this he would describe how he would find pleasure in the smallest flower that with a struggle grows in the shingle.

The Garden Museum in 2020 put together an exhibition called ‘Derek Jarman: My garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon’. you can read a short article about my visit following this link.

Prospect Cottage Garden Room print base ink drawing by artist alej ez
Photograph of print base drawings. I make these formats with calligraphic brushes, fine-line markers, and other tools; ; in watercolour, ink and charcoal and  on separate sheets of A3 size marker paper. These are scanned and form the main line work and patterns in the final print.

Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was a epic English filmaker and artist, he was best known for his avant-garde art films and also famous as a set designer, gardener, author and gay rights activist.

From 1986 up until his death in 1994, Jarman made his home on the shingle beaches of Dungeness, Kent.


Dungenss is a headland on the South coast of Kent, formed largely of a shingle beach in the form of a cuspate foreland. The Dungeness reserve is set back from the sea, boasting a large expanse of open shingle, fresh water pits, wet grassland and unique wildflower meadows.

Prospect Cottage Garden Room framed print edition 50 x 50cm by artist alej ez
‘Prospect Cottage Garden Room.’ 60 x 60 cm edition framed art print.

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Print sizes: standard portrait and square

30 x 30cm print size, square, 40 x 40cm print size, square, 60 x 60 cm print size, square


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