Michael Ajerman

Further Info


Michael Ajerman is an American artist who lives and works in London. He paints in oil on linen or aluminium, and watercolour on paper.

Ajerman has a remarkable ability to manipulate both vibrant and sombre colours to capture intriguing “what happened next” moments. The same piece can produce smiles in some viewers and alarm in others. With his work, nothing is ever quite certain. His art compels the viewer to come in and find out.

Born and raised in New York (b. 1977), he currently lives and works in London, and shows regularly in the UK, Italy, Israel and the USA.

He studied at the Slade School of Art in London, the New York Studio School and the Corcoran School in Washington DC.

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2001-2003 Slade School of Art, University College London, MA Fine Art
2001 Yale at Norfolk Summer Art Program, Connecticut, USA
1998–2001 New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
1999-2000 Slade School of Art, University College London Exchange Program
1996-1997 Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, USA


2012-2014 Manhattan Graphics Center, SummerINK Scholarship
2003 British Institute Royal Academy Award
2002-2003 Slade Bursary
1996 William Newman Memorial Painting Award

Solo Exhibitions

Far From Tahiti, HemingwayArt Gallery, Oxford, UK
Squash, Transition Gallery, London, UK
Unexpected, Galleria Ghetta, Ortisei, Italy
Inatteso/Unexpected, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea Milan, and Eventinove Borgomanero, Italy
Heads or Tails, HemingwayArt, Oxford, UK
Glossolalia, Toomey-Tourrell Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Third Floor, Eventinove Artecontemporanea, Torino, Italy
Fishermen, Strawberry, and Devil Crab, Transition Gallery, London, UK
Third Floor, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Verona, Italy
My Friends, Jerwood Project Space, London, UK
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Solo Project Space, Bridge Art Fair, London, UK
Reclamation Point, Bischoff/Weiss, London, UK
The Norfolk Lesson, AR Contemporary, Milan, Italy
Long Way Round, Bischoff/Weiss, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

In This Soup We Swim, Kingsgate Workshops, London, UK
The Names, Transition Gallery, London, UK
Contemporary Drawing from Britain, Xi'ian Academy of Fine Arts, China
The Names, Sluice Art Fair, Transition Gallery, London, UK
East End Painting Prize, The Rum Factory, London, UK
The Auction of Desire, Transition Gallery, London, UK
BFAMI Fundraising Event, Phillip's, London, UK
Atomic, Transition Gallery, London, UK
BFAMI Fundraising Event, Sotheby's, The Roundhouse, London, UK
RA Summer Show, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
Bad For You, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Shizaru Gallery, London, UK
This is London, Shizaru Gallery, London, UK
Summer, HemingwayArt, Oxford, UK
Equinox, Transition Gallery, London, UK
MiArt Fair, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Italy
Rabbia, Eventinove Artecontemporanea, Torino, Italy
Bologna Art Fair, Marcorossi Artecontemporanea, Italy
Ajerman Maggis Ydanez, Rosso27, Rome, Italy
Aqua Art Fair, Toomey-Tourrell Gallery, Florida, USA
ART BLITZ, Transition Gallery, London
thecentre:mk Painting Exhibition, FRINGEMK, Milton Keynes, UK
Kunskog, 500 Dollars, London, UK
Threadneedle Painting Prize 2009, ICA Gallery, London, UK
Summer Show, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, USA
Return to Reason, Shades and Woods, London, UK
The Figure Show 09, Jill George Gallery, London, UK
Dreams - Michael Ajerman and Leonardo Greco, Spirale Arte, Monza, Italy
Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London, UK
Blu, Spirale Arte, Milan, Italy
10 Years, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, USA
Frequencies - Michael Ajerman and James Kao, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, USA
Art Daegu - Michael Ajerman, Tess Jaray, and Rana Begum, I-MYU Projects, Seoul, Korea
3 Points of View, Spirale Arte, Verona, Italy
Bridge Art Fair, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, New York, USA
East Wing Collection 8, Courtauld Galleries, London, UK
The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London, UK
The Figure Show 08, Jill George Gallery, London, UK
Friends and Relatives, Spirale Arte, Milan, Italy
Bomberg’s Relevance, Ben Uri Gallery, London, UK
Repetition and Sequence, Jerwood Space, London, UK
Sequence and Repetition, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, UK
Creekside Open x2, A.P.T Selected by Victoria Miro, London, UK
Mirror-Image, Artonomy Fine Art, Cornwall, UK
Myth of Place, Nolia’s Gallery, London, UK
To Old Ladies, House Art Space, Macao, China
Private: Staff Only, ICA, London, UK
Enlightenment, Sotheby’s, London, UK
SCOPEmiami, Bischoff/ Weiss, Miami, USA
ARTfutures 2005, Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK
SCOPElondon, Bischoff/ Weiss, London, UK
The Figure Show 05, Jill George Gallery, London, UK
The Relaxed Audience or Why Are We So Wise, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London, UK
Greetings from Chelsea, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, USA
DLA Art Award, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, UK
ARTfutures 2004, Contemporary Arts Society, London, UK
New Work, New Artists, Jill George Gallery, London, UK
The Figure Show, Jill George Gallery, London, UK
RA Summer Show, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
Absolut Secret, David McKee Gallery, New York, USA

Selected Articles

The Names, Alli Sharma, Garageland Magazine, Issue 19 December, pages 6-11
Tondo Art talks to Michael Ajerman, Three Podcasts, tondo.is
Arte, Un Affare Collecttivo, Catherina Belloni, letteradonna.it
Michael Ajerman - Squash, Michael Hall, invisibleprintstudio.co.uk
Small is Big in October, Paul Carey-Kent, paulsartworld.blogspot.co.uk
Michael Ajerman, ritratti ad alta Potenza di colore, Arte, August, page 115
Royal Academy Summer Show, Kensington & Chelsea Today, 27 June
Looking back at the art year 2011, Sura Wood, Bay Area Reporter, 29 December
Michael Ajerman: HemingwayArt, Theresa Thompson, Oxford Times, 6 April
Coming soon to an art gallery near you, Sura Wood, Bay Area Reporter, 12 January
Glossolalia at Toomey-Tourrell, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 December
Ombre Rosse, Ajerman a Verona, Arte magazine, Italy, June issue
Michael Ajerman: No Poster Boy, Noa Barack, Maariv, 20 January
Studio Profile: Michael Ajerman, Garageland, Issue 7
Friends & Relatives, Riccarda Mandrini, Flash Art, February - March
Friends & Relatives, Cinzia Compalati, ARTKEY magazine, teknemedia.net
Painting Room, Sarah Yates, artartartgallery.com
Preview: East Wing Collection VIII, saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Visual Arts Diary: The Painting Room, Kristine MacMichael, transitiontradition.com
Bomberg’s Relevance, JJ Charlesworth, Time Out London, 4 September
Going Out: Bomberg’s Relevance, Independent Magazine, 11 August
Beauty and the Repeat, Lucy Bayley, London Paper 28 August
Repetition and Sequence, Lupe Nunez-Fernandez, Saatchi.blog August
Reclamation Point, Heather Waddell, hwlondonartandartistguide.com, March
To wear your art on your sleeve, Julia Weiner, Jewish Chronicle, 23 March
Keep in Dark, Francesca Gavin, bbc.co.uk/ collective, 8 March
Reclamation Point, London Paper, 6 March
Michael Ajerman, Ginevra Bria, Exhibart.com, November
How to Collect, Paul Arendt, The Guardian, 12 October
Both an Outsider and a Painter's Painter, Joao Ribas, The Sun, 27 June
Ultimate Basel Blog: Days 4 & 5, Artinfo.com, 4 December
Emerging Artists: Fair Game, Joao Ribas, Artinfo.com, 28 November
Interview with Michael Ajerman, H. Waddell, London Art and Artist Guide
Monet, Manet, Money, Lucia Van Der Post, The Times, 19 January
Greetings from Chelsea, New York Times, 9 July
What’s On - DLA Art Award, Metro Weekly, 6 April 
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, Issue 79