Ali Omar Ermes' painting "Meem, Tha, Alif: Turaath (Heritage)" is a powerful tribute to the concept of heritage and the importance of preserving it for future generations. The artwork, which features the Arabic letters meem, tha, and alif, is a visual representation of this idea, with the use of acrylic on paper and mounted on canvas adding a rich texture and depth to the piece.
Accompanying the artwork is a poem by Abbasid poet Abu Al-Ataahiah, which speaks to the idea that our true inheritance is not the material possessions we accumulate, but rather the good causes we are able to support and the positive impact we are able to make on the world.
This 250cm x 150cm masterpiece, created in 1993, was sold at auction to a private collector in the UAE. It serves as a reminder of the importance of valuing and preserving our heritage, and of the power of using our resources for the greater good. Abu Al-Ataahiah's other poems, such as "The Garden of Life," also explore themes of legacy and the role of individual action in shaping the world around us. In the poem, he writes, "We are the gardeners of life, / The caretakers of the earth, / And every seed we plant, / Will shape the world's rebirth." Here, Al-Ataahiah speaks to the idea that our actions have the power to shape the world and leave a lasting impact on future generations.
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.