Michael Ajerman

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Michael Ajerman was born in 1977 in New York, USA, and lives and works there and in London. After graduating with a diploma from the Corcoran School of Art in New York and the New York Studio School, he participated in the Yale at Norfolk Summer Art Programme; in 2003 he completed his studies with a Master’s Degree from Slade School of Art at University College in London, UK. Michael Ajerman sees painting as a form of self-discovery; a continuous unexpected discovery of the singularity and uniqueness of his being, reflected in oils and watercolours.

Objects become subjects, still lifes take form through an unusual visual syntax that tends to deny identity in order to exalt plastic form and make it the focus with vigorous use of colour. Michael Ajerman’s figure live in an apparently static state, in which the interrupted action of the bodies is examined by the expressionistic power of colour, which is in turn characterised by use of a warm, earthy, enthralling colour palette, visible on the canvas in the form of broad, solid brushstrokes which allow us to perceive the profoundly gestural nature of the act of painting and the pastiness of the colour (A. D’Amico).

Personal exhibition

Grip. Aleph Contemporary. London, UK, 2020

Walker House, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2020

Possessions, Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, 2019

Far From Tahiti. HemingwayArt, Oxford, UK, 2017

Squash, Transition Gallery, London, UK, 2013

Inatteso/Unexpected. Galleria Ghetta, Ortisei, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Milan and Eventinove Borgomanero, Italy, 2012

Glossolalia. Toomey-Tourrell Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2010

Fishermen, Strawberry, and Devil Crab. Transition Gallery, London, UK, 2010

Third Floor. Eventinove Artecontemporanea, Torino and Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Verona, Italy, 2010

My Friends. Jerwood Project Space, London, UK, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2009

Solo Project Space. Bridge Art Fair, London, UK, 2007

Reclamation Point. Bischoff/Weiss, London, UK, 2007

The Norfolk Lesson. AR Contemporary, Milan, Italy, 2006

Long Way Round. Bischoff/Weiss, London, UK, 2005

Collective exhibition

Foot-Face. Kingsgate Workshops, London, UK, 2021

Lust Gruppenausstellung, Galerie Hübner + Hübner, Frankfurt, Germany, 2021

Next Generation Now. Ruth Borchard Collection, London , UK (Online), 2021

Drawing Biennial 2021, The Drawing Room, London, UK, 2021

Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy, London, UK, 2019

Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Piano & Noble, London, UK, 2019

Evening Standard Art Prize, National Gallery, London, UK, 2018

Contemporary British Painting Prize, Richmond Museum, London, UK, 2017

Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Piano & Noble, London, UK, 2017

In This Soup We Swim. Kingsgate Workshops, London, UK, 2016

The Names. Transition Gallery, London, UK, 2016

Contemporary Drawing from Britian, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China, 2015

East End Painting Prize, The Rum Factory, London, UK, 2015

Bad For You, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. Shizaru Gallery. London, UK, 2012

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK, 2012

thecentre:mk Painting Exhibition, FRINGEMK, Milton Keynes, UK, 2009

Kunskog, 500 Dollars, London, UK, 2009

Threadneedle Painting Prize 2009, London, UK, 2009

East Wing Collection 8. Courtauld Galleries. London, UK, 2009

Awards and residence


Kitaj Research Fellowship, UCLA, USA



Manhattan Graphics Center, borsa di studio Summerink, USA



British Institute Royal Academy Award, Regno Unito



Slade Bursary, Slade School of Fine Art, Regno Unito



William Newman Memorial Painting Award


Gallery Exhibitions


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