Ali Omar Ermes' painting "Al-Khaa Al-Ashhab" is a powerful and striking interpretation of the Arabic letter khaa, evoking a sense of swiftness and speed through its elegant brushstrokes. The monochrome palette, a play on the name Ash-hab, meaning greyness, adds depth and complexity to the work.
Incorporated into the painting are lines from a poem by the tenth-century prince and warrior Abi Faris Al-Hamadani. This poem adds another layer of meaning to the artwork, describing Al-Hamadani's willingness to overcome pain and disappointment, and his commitment to remaining positive during hardship. It also touches on the importance of treating others with nobility and respect.
This 152cm x 122cm masterpiece, painted with acrylic on paper and mounted on canvas in 1998, is now in the collection of a private collector. It serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength that can be found within us, and the importance of treating others with kindness and compassion. Some of Al-Hamadani's other poems also explore similar themes, such as "The Knight in the Panther's Skin," in which he writes, "I will not be saddened by the world's woes, / I will not be grieved by the world's misfortunes, / I will not be terrified by the world's horrors." These words speak to Al-Hamadani's unwavering resolve and positive attitude in the face of hardship.
This breathtaking piece by Ali Omar Ermes showcases the versatility and depth of the Arabic language through the use of a single stroke technique. Through this technique, Ermes is able to convey a range of emotions and expressions that range from the simplest and most direct to the most complex and nuanced.