HemingwayArt Gallery 2017
FAR FROM TAHITI
Sunday 30 April to Sunday 4 June 2017
See Ajerman's online gallery here
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.
Oriental artist living and working in Tours, France.
Mixed media canvasses and works on handmade paper.
Saturday 18 February to Sunday 9 April 2017
HemingwayArt Gallery 2016
SELECTED WORKS by artists:
Sir Peter Blake
REAL AND IMAGINED
Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 February 2016
DAN BALDWIN - original silkscreen prints
PETER BLAKE - The Wrestlers
with WENDY FREESTONE - sculpture
Dan Baldwin creates a unique and immediately recognisable vision in his silkscreen prints. His work is at once both abstract and figurative, reflecting both reality and the world of imagination. Born in Manchester in 1972, Baldwin studied at Eastbourne College of Art & Design and Kent Institute of Art & Design. His work is collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.
Peter Blake continues his exploration of wrestlers, a major theme throughout his career. Blake has been a wrestling fan since childhood. He began his first series of wrestlers in 1961. This series of prints is taken from new works created for Blake's 2015 London exhibition Portraits and People.
In collaboration with CCA Galleries
HemingwayArt Gallery 2015
BIANCO SU BIANCO
Saturday 7 Nov to Sunday 22 Nov 2015
SIX ARTISTS FROM PIETRASANTA
ON THE ART OF WHITE ON WHITE
Paintings and glass by Roberto Barberi
Curated by Roberto Barberi
in Lugano in 1966, Barberi graduated from the Art Institute of Lucca
and then the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara in 1989. He now lives and
works in Tuscany.
50 for 50
Selected works marking fifty
An exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks
Saturday 2 May to Sunday 10 May 2015
This exhibition presented a retrospective of Rona's work selected from a series of her shows over the last three decades, relating to family, women, motherhood and ageing.
Saturday 28 March to Sunday 12 April 2015
Phillips is well known for his large site-specific public artworks
across the UK created from wood and steel. But he has always worked with
paint and paper too, and this show brought together a recent body of
canvases and sketch books that take a fresh and very personal look at
the landscape around us.
HemingwayArt Gallery 2014
BRIDGLAND, CROOK & GOUGHHOMETOWN
Saturday 29 November to Sunday 14 December 2014
person’s home (the place in which they live) may simultaneously
represent a holiday destination to others. Streets and buildings instil
in people a broad spectrum of emotions, making them feel ‘at home or
away’.Paul Crook’s atmospheric paintings explore the colour and
temperature of suburbia, with caravans parked in driveways hinting at a
larger world. Adam Bridgland’s prints spotlight our nostalgic desire to
remember and relive places, often using rose-coloured glasses. In
tandem, the hand-drawn style of Lucy Gough's work has a refreshingly
‘once-off’ quality, taking us back to a non-digital age of fine art
AMY HEMINGWAYSHAMANIC DREAMSSaturday 13 September to Sunday 5 October 2014
Hemingway is a symbolist artist working in oils, pastels and charcoals.
Born in the UK in 1979, she graduated with a Masters in Theology from
Oxford University. She now lives as an artist in rural South Africa.Fresh
from a solo exhibition in Cape Town, her latest works explore Xhosa
beliefs and symbolism, with paintings made on traditional shweshwe
fabric. This show included pieces portraying bushman folklore, offering a
glimpse into a life lived very closely with the animal kingdom.
VIEW IMAGES HERE
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF OXFORD-GRENOBLE TWINNINGSunday 27 April to Saturday 31 May 2014Celebrating 25 years of the twinning partnership between Oxford
and Grenoble this exhibition featured six distinguished artists who live
and work in the French city of Grenoble:
Organised with the Oxford-Grenoble Association with the support of Oxford City Council.
Read the exhibition review by Anne James in the Oxford Times
CRABBY TAYLOR & KAREN PURPLE VESSELS & VOYAGESSaturday 29 March to Sunday 13 April 2014
ceramic vessels are simple forms, statements for contemplation,
produced through the chaos and control of smoke firing out
in the open air under the wild skies of stormy English weather.
Purple’s abstract works on canvas flow from voyages through the varied
English landscape and coastline in search of natural forms and pigments. Some of her new works are responses to
the ceramic vessels.With sculptures in the garden by Martin Smith.
HemingwayArt Gallery 2013
GODFATHER OF BRITISH POP ARTSaturday 9 November to Sunday 24 November 2013
A selection of spectacular original prints by Godfather
of British Pop Art Peter Blake spanning his six decade career.
His work crosses all generational divides. Knighted in 2002, an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art, and with his
work represented in major collections throughout the world, Peter Blake truly
is a grandee of British Art. In collaboration with CCA Galleries.
TUSCAN CANVAS & MURANO GLASSSaturday 5 October to Sunday 27 October 2013Gallery imagesRoberto
works in murano glass and oils on canvas. Born in Lugano in
1966, he graduated from the Art Institute of Lucca and then the Academy
of Fine Arts in Carrara in 1989. He lives and works in Tuscany and has
exhibited widely in Italy. This is his first major show in the UK.
ACTS OF PORTRAYAL
Saturday 6 April to Sunday 21 April 2013 An exhibition of figurative paintings and portraits
is one of the UK's leading young portrait artists. A finalist in the BP
Portrait Award 2003 at the National Portrait Gallery, her commissions
since then include David Hockney, Dame Kelly Holmes and Lady English.
HemingwayArt Gallery 2012
KAREN PURPLE: NEW WORK
Saturday 22 September to Sunday 14 October 2012
An exhibition of smaller scale oil paintings in response to the natural world of colour
Saturday 14 July to Sunday 29 July 2012
exhibition featuring three of our artists selected for this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
MICHAEL AJERMAN, ADAM BRIDGLAND, LUCY GOUGH
with invited artists
RUTH BROADBENT, SUZANNE O'DRISCOLL, AMANDA BONFIGLIOLI and GODFREY PHILLIPS, ERICA DONOVAN, ADAM HAYES, MATTHEW GREEN, AMY HEMINGWAY, THOMAS NICOLAOU, KAREN PURPLE
THE ART OF THE ALBUM Saturday 5 May to Sunday 27 May 2012
exhibition of original signed and numbered limited edition prints of
some of music's most iconic album covers.
Starring the PETER GABRIEL collection of original art for his 11 solo albums. The prints in this collection are also signed by Peter Gabriel.
The show also featured original art for
album covers from bands including Pink Floyd, Pentangle, The Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Steve Miller Band and more.
artists were Storm Thorgerson, Peter Blake, Robert Mapplethorpe,
David Scheinmann, Susan Derges, Trevor Key, Julian Grater, Malcolm
Poynter, Nils-Udo, York Tillyer, Armando Gallo, Danny Jenkins, Marc
Bessant and Stephen Gschmeissner.In collaboration with Hypergallery
LINOLEUM: The Cutting EdgeSaturday 14 April to Sunday 29 April 2012
from the UK, USA and Germany showed works that push the boundaries of
the seemingly simple linocut artform, through large-scale prints,
installation and animated films.
The artists were Victoria Browne,
Steve Edwards, Bill Fick, Wuon Gean Ho, Scott Minzy, Nick Morley,
Carsten Nicolaus, Chris Pig, Peter Rapp and Mark Andrew Webber. The exhibition was curated by Nick Morley.
How are you?Saturday 24 March to Friday 6 April 2012
This exhibition featured work by a group of artists based at
Magdalen Road Studios in Oxford. The show was also a fund raising event
for three charities, with an online charity art auction.
Magdalen Road Studios
is an Oxford charity that provides vital and affordable studio space for
artists and creates opportunities for the public to experience and
participate in contemporary art events. The exhibition also raised funds for the hospice Helen & Douglas House
and Oxford Children's Hospital, Fund for Children
Many thanks to everyone who joined us in supporting these three great causes.The artists taking part were:
Anna MorrisKaren Purple
Betsy Tyler Bell
and invited artist Sarah SimbletRead the preview by Anne James in the Oxford Times
HemingwayArt Gallery 2011
Adam Bridgland and Lucy Gough
26 November - 18 December 2011
Troubadour featured striking and contemporary limited edition original prints and some unique one-off works on paper by London-based artists Adam Bridgland and Lucy Gough
Both artists continue to build their reputations. During 2011 Lucy Gough also exhibited at Alien Nation in London and mending Broken Hearts in Cambridge. Adam Bridgland had solo shows at the Courtauld Institute in London, Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth and the Munsterland Print Festival in Germany. He also exhibited new work in Aberdeen, produced a commissioned sculpture in Cambridge, and took part in the Ghost of Gone Birds exhibition in Liverpool.
Read the Anne James review of Troubadour in The Oxford Times
9 October - 6 November 2011
Over the last two years
German artist Nikola Irmer
has been producing the most striking paintings of exotic birds that
were trapped and stuffed by intrepid explorers in the nineteenth century
and have rarely seen the light of day since then. These 'birds with
attitude' are encased in the Natural History Museum in Berlin, literally
stuffed in cupboards, but are now enjoying a new lease of life in oils
on canvas. This show is the first time these paintings have been shown
in the UK. Supported by Blake Lapthorn -
Leading law firm in Oxford,
personal planning and inheritance specialists. www.bllaw.co.uk
Fiona Hepburn & Karen Purple
11 June - 3 July 2011
Artists Fiona Hepburn
and Karen Purple use distinctively different methods to explore the world
around us, each producing work that sits together sympathetically to demonstrate
the fundamental harmony of nature. Fiona Hepburn re-creates detailed organic forms
of fungi, spores and sea life through 2D and 3D screenprint structures on
paper. Karen Purple uses natural pigments found in the landscape such as woad,
weld and madder, to paint abstract portraits of the landscape on canvas and
board. Two Natural Worlds, one nature.
Read the Anne James review of Natural Worlds in The Oxford Times
Sponsored by hunts, people in printwww.hunts.co.uk
Heads or Tails
27 March - 31 May 2011
The new show from
HemingwayArt showcasing New York-born London-based artist Michael
I'm not a tourist, I live here
This HemingwayArt show brought
together twelve artists and designers whose art work celebrates what
makes Britain unique. Culture, tradition, heritage and a contemporary take on
natural history and landscape were amongst the themes represented.
The results were an explosion of media, colour and form with print, photography,
painting, sculpture and textiles working together to create a sense of
celebration and optimism.
Exhibition curated by Adam Bridgland and Lucy Gough