Michael Ajerman, Keeping Dodgy Company, 2005
"Michael Ajerman works within the tradition of British modernism while exercising his own blend of style and personal history. Educated at the Slade London, his work often reflects his forebears, while also embracing his Jewish heritage as a direct influence on his style and subject matter. These influences range from his experience of his relatives being survivors of the Holocaust to Yiddish theatre and other cultural influences. The rich painterly brushwork and vibrant color utilized by Ajerman evokes the traditions of artists such as Lucien Freud, while the often grotesque aspects of his imagery reflect his ancestral heritage. The function of memory (and the imagination of the artist which ultimately transforms that memory), also plays an important role in his work – transforming experience by its re-telling with canvas and paint to create an entirely new and creative expression of that experience."