Ali Omar Ermes' artwork, "Kaf: The Power of Expression," is a stunning tribute to the enduring influence of Arabic calligraphy. Measuring 130 cm x 95 cm, the painting features a bold and fluid rendering of the letter "kaf" or "k," created with a single, continuous brush stroke. The composition, which reads more like an abstract wave than a traditional letter, showcases Ermes' bold and spontaneous approach to his craft.
While the painting evokes the fluidity of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, it also pays tribute to the expressiveness of the "New Style" script. To further emphasize this connection between the past and present, Ermes has included a poem from the 10th century Kitab al-Aghani (Book of Songs) by Abu'l Faraj al-Isfahani. Written in the traditional Maghrebi style of North Africa and Islamic Spain, the script shares the same rhythmic energy as the large "kaf" in Ermes' painting.
Acrylic on ink paper, this masterpiece can be found in the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. Its original production date was 1991, and it remains a testament to the timeless power of expression through the written word.
"Their eloquence and depth, an enduring force A testament to the beauty of our language"
This excerpt celebrates the enduring power of poetry, specifically the Seven Odes of Al Muallaqat As Sabaa or Prize Poems. These poems, known for their eloquence and historical significance, have stood the test of time and continue to be a source of pride and a symbol of the rich cultural tradition of Arabic literature. The excerpt highlights the depth and beauty of these poems, and serves as a tribute to the enduring power of language and the written word.
Ali Omar Ermes' "The Seventh Ode" is a stunning tribute to the rich tradition of Arabic poetry. One of a series of seven paintings celebrating the Seven Odes of Arabic poetry, known as Al Muallaqat As Sabaa or Prize Poems, this artwork honors the power of eloquence and historic significance of these revered works.