FAR FROM TAHITI
Sunday 30 April to Sunday 4 June 2017
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Michael Ajerman is an American artist, living and working in London.
With his paintings, nothing is ever quite certain.
They compel us to come in and find out.
EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE
HemingwayArt is delighted to present Far from Tahiti, a solo exhibition of over thirty new oil paintings by American artist Michael Ajerman.
new body of work spans the past four years, and through his strikingly
vibrant paintings Ajerman investigates a breadth of subjects and
sensations as if in some unresolved psychodrama. Sun-soaked colour and
intense brush strokes cavort with dark pools to create familiar but
unknown scenarios. Sometimes with humour, sometimes with voyeurism, the
resulting scenes disarm the viewer and challenge us to come closer (but
carefully) to find out more - regardless of how explicit the image truly
exhibition title references an image by the 1920s American pin-up
artist Enoch Bolles showing a young woman piggy-back, sea-frolicking on
the shoulders of an over-bronzed male. "It was kind of a weird beach
scene, in most pin-up art you only see the female, but this was
interesting to me as it seemed to imply something about the battle of or
disharmony of the sexes", explains Ajerman.
human body, gender, and personal conflicts found in the private and the
public domains continue to take precedence in Ajerman's paintings. In
his unique arena, notions and signals are dispersed to create unanswered
situations and dilemmas. In other paintings, the artist explores the
use of still life and inanimate objects, portraying key chain trinkets,
stuffed animals, and toys (some for children some for canines) to handle
serious matters with a sense of wit and touch that fluctuates from
piece to piece.
Whether it's rendering a contorted leg or capturing the delicacy of a toy bunny's ear, Ajerman explains "When
I am doing them I am moving the body around and I don't really have a
fixed pose … the way the body is rendered is completely unfixed and I
have not pre-planned them at all so it's all an interaction with the
paint, it's what I know from having done life drawing and having lived
and seen people from life, and so on and so forth, but it has to do with
the energy I put into them which hopefully keeps them more visceral."
To accompany the exhibition there is a 68-page colour catalogue with foreword by Alex Michon.
An artist's talk with Michael Ajerman and Alex Michon will be held on Saturday 3 June at 3pm at the HemingwayArt gallery.
About the Artist
Michael Ajerman was born in New York. He studied at the Corcoran School of Art and the New
York Studio School, along with taking part in the Yale Summer School at
Norfolk. In 2003 he completed a Masters in Fine Art at the Slade
School of Art, London. The same year he won the Royal Institute Award
through the Royal Academy.
Since then he has had solo exhibitions in the UK, Italy, USA and Israel including Squash (2013) and Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab (2010) at Transition Gallery, London; Inatteso/Unexpected (2012) at Marco Rossi Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Heads or Tails (2011) at HemingwayArt, Oxford; and Glossolalia (2010) at Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco.
His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the 2016 Contemporary Drawing from Britain at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, China; the 2015 East End Painting Prize at the Rum Factory, London; Kunskog at 500 Dollars, London; East Wing Collection 8 at the Courtauld Galleries, London; The Painting Room at Transition Gallery; and Bomberg's Relevance at the Ben Uri Gallery, London. He currently lives and works in London.
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