In this painting, the artist combines exterior and interior worlds. The work depicts a sleeping female figure in the lower area of the composition, her head upon a pillow. The artist's use of oil paint on polyester evokes a magical dreamscape of blues, greens and grays. Above her head, the woman imagines a deer, a cat and a dog striding in front of a vibrant green lizard. By depicting domesticated animals alongside more exotic and wild creatures, this artist creates a calm but uncanny scene that combines the conscious and unconscious energies that individuals carry with them.
Ajerman's intimate and expressive paintings depict both real and fictional subjects in still life and fantasy vignettes—frequently quiet moments of domesticity. Luscious and unexpected, the artist's gestural style is focused on color and brushwork.
Michael Ajerman’s oil paintings depict private moments of quiet domesticity. The artist’s still life and figurative fantasy vignettes employ a gestural style focused on color and brushwork. Frequently populated by subjects real and fictional, Ajerman’s paintings are both intimate and expressive, luscious and unexpected.