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Qaffon Aasif: Ali Omar Ermes Artwork about the Libyan Hero Omar Al Mukhtar

Qaffon Aasif: Ali Omar Ermes Artwork about the Libyan Hero Omar Al Mukhtar

This artwork shows an unfamiliar way of executing the letter Qaff, which in some ways resembles the old Kufic script. Unusually in the work of Ali Omar Ermes, it has stormy golden strokes around its sides. A comparable painting, similar in style, can be found at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

The texts are poems by Ahmed Shawqi about the very well known resistance Libyan leader Omar Al-Mukhtar who died in 1932. Omar Mukhtar is an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya, just prior to World War II.

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Silah (Connection): Ali Omar Ermes Artwork Promoting the Value of Good Deeds

This artwork conveys a range of bright, powerful colours in yellows, olive greens, and related colours, with a busy lively link between foreground and background. The Arabic word Silah, when translated in English, has a variety of related meanings including connection, linkage, bond, tie, relation, and charity.

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Ali Omar Ermes Artwork about the Misuse of Nature

This beautiful painting named "Crossfire - Leaf Four" is the fourth of a series of paintings dealing with the theme of environment and man's abuse of nature.

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The Dawn Break: Contemporary Islamic Artwork by Ali Omar Ermes

This beautiful painting "The Dawn Break" by Ali Omar Ermes has 2 noticeably striking strokes infused with a mix of stunning colours and effects.

Between the elements of colours and sound, it is self-evident that we have a state of comprehension, a state of wanting for new beginnings.

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Ali Omar Ermes Contemporary Art: Contradictions of Joy

The abstract imagery of the work is complemented by a poetical quip that the melody of a songbird while being sweet can also be fatally overwhelming – in other words, in joy, there is sorrow too.

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Fine Art Painting Ali Omar Ermes: Al-Itqan (Perfection) from the Prince Charles Collection

In this episode, I present an artwork piece that resides in the Prince Charles Collection in London named "Al-Itqan" (Perfection). This stunning piece displays the power of contrast in colour. The clear-cut ideas, between the visual and the writing in poetry.

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Stunning Contemporary Islamic Artwork from Ali Omar Ermes


In this episode, I present an artwork piece produced in 1987 named "Lam-Alif Libnul Muttazz". This stunning piece displays the power of contrast in colour. The clear-cut ideas, between the visual and the writing in poetry.

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Islamic Art Ali Omar Ermes: Artwork about the Importance of Treating People Fairly


In this episode, I present an artwork piece produced in 1993 named "Tughriyat Ebni Zuhair". This painting comprises of visible brush strokes in prominent yellows, greens, and blues.

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Art Painting Dedicated to the Victims of the Iraq War: Mako Shaye - Part 2

Art Painting Dedicated to the Victims of the Iraq War: Mako Shaye.

In this episode, I present the second artwork piece of two produced in 2005 named "Shako-Mako" which in Iraqi translates "Nothing is the matter, thank you".

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Art Painting Dedicated to the Victims of the Iraq War: Shako-Mako - Part 1

Art Painting Dedicated to the Victims of the Iraq War: Shako-Mako.

In this episode, I present the first artwork piece of two produced in 2004 named "Shako-Mako" which in Iraqi translates "What is the matter, folks?"

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Ali Omar Ermes: Artworks from The British Museum Collection!

In this episode I present a couple of artworks including "Aakhin Aakh", a piece produced in 1993 that was dedicated to the United Nations in the context of the Bosnia tragedy, containing poems by myself.

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Ali Omar Ermes: Artwork "La-Tahzann - Do Not Despair" | Beautiful Stories!

In this episode, I present an artwork piece produced in 1993 named "La-Tahzann" which means: Do not despair i.e do not allow negative thoughts to occupy your mind.

At a glance, this artwork presents an array of fresh, sunny colours handled with ease and splendour.

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Islamic Artwork with Poetry about the Psychological Impact of Words on People!

In this episode, I present an artwork piece produced in 2003 named "Ramyaton Khatifah" meaning a very quick splash with the fast movement of the brush.

This piece has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions including London and Dubai.

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Ali Omar Ermes: 3 Artwork - Laa (No), Naam (Yes) and Lakin (But..)!

"They are a commentary, says Ermes, on the double talk and chicanery that dominate world politics."

In this episode, I present three artwork pieces: Laa (No), Naam (Yes) and Lakin (But..). This series of three paintings highlight the inability of decision-makers, whether they are presidents, prime ministers or other positions of power, to make the right decisions in favour of their people.

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Ali Omar Ermes: Artwork - The Fourth and The Sixth Ode with Poetry

Ali Omar Ermes: Artwork - The Fourth and The Sixth Ode with Poetry

In this episode, I present 2 artwork pieces including "The Fourth Ode" and "The Sixth Ode". Both are from a group of seven paintings that celebrate the Seven Odes of Arabic poetry, Al Muallaqat As Sabaa or Prize Poems, which enjoy a special place in Arabic literature due to their power of eloquence and historic relevance.

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Ali Omar Ermes: History of the Artwork featuring 2 Pieces

In this episode, I talk about the history of some of the artwork spanning 50 years and present 2 artwork pieces including "Possession" and "Multiple Forms" - both of which have been exhibited a number of times around the world including The State Hermitage Museum.

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Ali Omar Ermes: Artworks from The British Museum Collection

Ali Omar Ermes: Artworks from The British Museum Collection

In this episode I present a couple of artworks including "Aakhin Aakh", a piece produced in 1993 that was dedicated to the United Nations in the context of the Bosnia tragedy, containing poems by myself.

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Implement Justice in the World and Gain Peace on Earth! New Peace Flag Reveal

In this episode, I reveal a flag of peace that I've worked on for several months, representing my home country of Libya, that was designed for an initiative showcasing over 100 flags of peace from around the world, promoting peace and unity throughout different nations.

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Juha Tales, The Language in Art and the Work of Ali Omar Ermes - Part 1

In this episode, I speak about the project of The Language in Art and the Work of Ali Omar Ermes which has been produced by Goldsmiths University Museum in cooperation with The British Museum, Qatar Foundation International, London Museum and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. From this, a book and a programme were produced to help students benefit from learning language through art using the work of Ali Omar Ermes.

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Ali Omar Ermes: Memories, Diaries, and Coffee!

In this episode, I speak about a few points starting with a lot of memories depicted from some of my early diaries throughout the years. When asked for a description of how I describe my work, it is a combination of fine art practice with literature where the production of those 2 elements bring about art that reads like a book and views like a painting.

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Ali Omar Ermes: A Brief Introduction to My Exhibitions & Posters

In this episode, I share my experience with some of my art exhibitions that have taken place over the years and the posters, brochures, and publications that have materialised from these events. Some beautiful short stories and also a wise saying later on in the video so make sure you watch until the end!

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Ali Omar Ermes: 5 Decades of Art and Ideas - Episode 1

Ali Omar Ermes: 5 Decades of Art and Ideas - Episode 1

In this episode, I share my experience with art spanning 5 decades starting from my first international solo exhibition in the Plymouth Art Museum in 1969 although my first exhibition was in my home country Libya at the Tripoli International Fair in 1965. I took part in over 70 solo and group exhibitions around the world in countries including the USA, Russia, South Korea, Australia, and the Middle East. You will also see examples of artwork, posters, and material produced for some of my exhibitions.

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