In his artwork titled "Tughra," Ali Omar Ermes incorporates a powerful verse from the philosopher-poet Abul Ala Al Ma’arri. The verse speaks to the idea that when one speaks of the truth, they must do so softly and with caution, as the truth can often be unpopular or unwelcome. In contrast, when one speaks of things that are implausible or untrue, they can do so loudly and without fear of reprisal. This observation is particularly relevant in today's world, where it is often easier to speak out and make bold claims, regardless of their veracity.
Ermes uses a range of colors and techniques in the artwork to bring this message to life. The use of acrylic and ink on paper, mounted on canvas, gives the piece a sense of depth and dimension, while the size of the artwork at 150cm x 123cm ensures that it will command attention wherever it is displayed.
Originally produced in 1993, "Tughra" is now part of a private collection, where it continues to inspire viewers with its thought-provoking message and beautiful execution.
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.
"Harf Al-Haa: Colour in Motion" is a vibrant and thought-provoking artwork by Ali Omar Ermes that explores the themes of good deeds and rewards. The inscription from a poem by the poet Al Hutayya promises rewards in this world and the hereafter for anyone who delivers a good deed, inviting viewers to consider the impact of their actions on others.
This original artwork, created in 1989, measures 90cm x 60cm and is crafted from mixed media on paper. It is currently in the possession of a private collector in Malaysia, where it continues to inspire and engage viewers with its powerful message.