Ali Omar Ermes (b.1945) Libyan/British contemporary artist active since the 1960s. His widely exhibited works explore the relationships between art, values, science, morals, life & death. Interwoven with excerpts from literature, mainly Arabic poetry, colors, forms, space & rhythm resulting in visual & musical wonders.
Arts are an ongoing process of creativity based on theoretical knowledge and practical know-how. This is to expand mankind’s horizons in all areas of human endeavours.
The contribution of all races, cultures and languages in Islamic civilisation gives them a unifying sense of purpose and as a matter of course gave tremendous powers to refine the intellect of the human mind and enrich the taste of people’s experiences.
My vision is to help recognise these powers of thought and to re-ignite our modern imagination in its individual and universal sense to be able to embrace all its characteristics, enjoy its fruits and refer to it as a major resource of hope and optimism for a better future for all humanity.
– Ali Omar Ermes
Artwork titled: Peace means justice. In this work, Ali Omar aims to establish that “peace is conditioned on justice and that no real peace is without real justice.”
The composition contains twenty-three languages including Arabic, Latin, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Chinese, Javanese, English, French, Hausa, Swahili, Bengal, Urdu, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Turkish, Kwanyama, German, Greek and Japanese.
The artist has now released an exquisite, limited first and only editions of 250 silk-screen prints.
These prints, printed by Coriander Studio in the UK, part of CCA Galleries and one of the world's foremost fine-art printers, are individually signed and numbered by the artist.
I was then, and remain, the beneficiary to a lot of what it offers in matters of learning, developing and applying my interpretation of these two main ideas of art and literature. The objectives were to bring these two items of Islamic thought together in one inseparable union of work, which would form my own brand of work as it started to take shape. The outcome is the literary artworks which people recognise as a distinctively leading art movement in modern times.
There were times in life when youth was a golden chance to learn, to experiment and to enjoy the wonders of Islamic/International arts, Arabic, Islamic and world literature. Ali Omar Ermes
During this time I had the pleasure of touring a large number of places and countries, from Indonesia to the USA and meeting numerous people from different backgrounds; scholars, intellectuals, artists, thinkers and so on with various interests in life. I was an active participant in so many positive international experiences and engagements such as The World of Islam Festival, held in London in 1976, which was inaugurated by the Queen with a large number of dignitaries from different parts of the world.
I have over the years given numerous interviews to newspapers, magazines, radio, and Television and have written countless articles for both the English and Arabic media. I have participated in a number of intellectual discussions, debates, seminars, conferences, and negotiations regarding cultural and community issues.
I held and participated in more than fifty-five solo or group exhibitions in various parts of the world, during which my art was acquired by museums, galleries, private and public collections alike.
Ali Omar Ermes
These combined experiences enabled me to develop my own distinctive brand of thought towards the philosophy of Art, Literature and social issues as much as life in general. God’s favours to me did not stop there. I have a very fine family who have supported me all along and whose input in my life is immense. I thank them all and hope they will continue to have, God willing, the best opportunities for the present and in years to come, to do what is best for themselves, their community and for all humanity.
All that was and will be possible is only by the will of Allah, Subhanahu wa ta’ala, to whom I thank very much for His ample help and total mercy, but never can thank enough and to whom belongs all good deeds and fine thoughts.
Ali Omar Ermes