Michael Ajerman

Drawing for a Party (Left Side)

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Year 2021
Medium Sumi ink on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.1 cm
Nominated by Beth Greenacre

About the work

More than one or two people in a room. Dare I say it: A Party.

This work is a consolidation of forms and figures contained in a space, dealing with long delayed interactions. The figures are happy to see each other, and at times not too happy to see each other. We will see what develops.

This drawing is the left-hand side of the composition, slowly coming into focus.

About the artist:

Born 1977 New York, Michael Ajerman lives and works in London. Graduated from MA Fine Art, Slade School of Art, University College London; Norfolk Summer Art Program, Yale, Connecticut; New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture; and Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC.

Ajerman’s interest in painting remains firmly in the pursuit of the depiction of individuals. The concept of turning objects into people and people into objects, humour, wit, voyeurism, anger; these are some of the notions that he operates with. He is also interested in a sense of touch that fluctuates from piece to piece, affected by the subject and ideas at hand, and the use of paint to rationalize and investigate feelings and sensations through conflicting forms. The majority of the time, these feeling and sensations are his own, though he is never far from the realization that he is playing with coloured dirt – in a serious manner of course.

Selected solo exhibitions include Grip, Aleph Contemporary, London (2020); Walker House, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); Possessions, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); Far from Tahiti, HemingwayArt Gallery, Oxford (2017); Squash, Transition Gallery, London (2013); Inatteso/Unexpected, Galleria Ghetta, Ortisei (2012); and Glossolalia, Toomey-Tourrell Gallery, San Francisco (2010). Selected group exhibitions include Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019); In This Soup We Swim, Kingsgate Workshops, London (2016); The Names, Transition Gallery, London (2016); Contemporary Drawing from Britian, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (2015); Bad for You, Shizaru Gallery, London (2012) and; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012).

Awards include the UCLA Kitaj Research Fellowship (2018); British Institute Royal Academy Award (2003); and William Newman Memorial Painting Award (1996).

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