Ali Omar Ermes (b.1945) British/Libyan 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.
The artwork contains poems about the environment and the human responsibility of keeping it intact, and all that are treasures given by God, the Sustainer of all things, for the benefit of all.
The inscription from a poem by the eminent pre-Islamic nobleman and intellectual, Sala’a ibn Amr, comments on the essential requirements for building a sound society.
He likens the building of an equitable order to the building of a house—neither can succeed without foundations or the right materials. He lays emphasis on the need for consultation and dialogue in a society without which, he warns, evil forces become predominant.
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.