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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.

The artwork is currently residing in The National Museum of African Art in The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC.

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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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