Ermes, Ali Omar

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Ali Omar Ermes is an international artist whose artwork is principally based on the Arabic letter forms. He paints on various sizes and some very large canvases (up to 5 metres long), in single or multiple colours applied with large brushes mainly on specially hand-made paper.

His style is unique. He combines in his paintings excerpts from world literature, mainly Arabic/Islamic poetry and prose and uses them as comments on human values such as justice, peace, human rights, protection of the environment and moral and social responsibilities. The combination of the text, the colours, the forms, the sense of space and rhythm create powerful visual and musical compositions.

Ali Omar’s paintings produce a strong visual language, which speaks eloquently to people who can read the Arabic script and those who cannot. On multiple levels his work has brought a new dynamism and vitality to the world of Islamic Art and has been described as “a Bridge between the divide of cultures and languages”.

Ali Omar Ermes is considered by many curators and art experts around the world as a unique international artist. He is widely exhibited and probably the number one collected contemporary Muslim artist in the world.

His work is held in various museums from the Far East to the Far West including The British Museum (London), The Ashmolean (Oxford), Wereld Museum (Rotterdam), Smithsonian Institute (Washington), The National Gallery of Jordan (Amman), The National Gallery of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

His work is also in private collections including the Collection of the British Government (London), Prince of Wales Collection, The Royal Collection of the Sultanate of Oman, H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed Al-Maktoon (Dubai), Arab Heritage Gallery at Khubar (Saudi Arabia) as well as in international Banks and Oil Companies.