Ali Omar Ermes' painting "Waw" is a visually striking representation of the Arabic letter equivalent to the letter "W" in European languages. The emphasis of the work is on the relationship between the foreground and background, with the two elements vying for the viewer's attention as if they are one. The use of transparency in the piece adds to this sense of unity between the two dimensions.
Accompanying the artwork is a poem by Muslim Ebni El Waleed, which speaks to the theme of strength and determination. The poem describes El Waleed as a "firestone" and a "fiercest beast in its natural habitat," challenging the viewer to try and ignite his anger or roar like a lion.
This 152cm x 122cm masterpiece, created in 2003 with acrylic and ink on paper and mounted on canvas, is now in the possession of a private collector in London, UK. It is a powerful reminder of the strength and determination that lie within us, and the importance of standing up for ourselves and our beliefs. Other poems by El Waleed, such as "The Conqueror," also explore similar themes of strength and the power of the human spirit. In the poem, he writes, "I am the conqueror, / The master of my fate, / I will not be swayed, / By doubt or fear." Here, El Waleed asserts his dominance over his own destiny and his determination to overcome any obstacles that may come his way.
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.