The artist has now released an exquisite, limited first and only editions of 250 silk-screen prints.
These prints, printed by Coriander Studio in the UK, part of CCA Galleries and one of the world's foremost fine-art printers, are individually signed and numbered by the artist.
"Harf Al Kaf: A Poetic Meditation on Love and Injustice"
This beautiful artwork features a poem by Layla al-Akhyaliyya, narrated by the first Abbasid Caliph, Abu Jaafar Al Mansour, which comments on the injustice of society and laments its unconcern on the plight of the poor.
The original artwork, created by artist Ali Omar Ermes in 1991, is currently in the collection of the British Museum in London, UK.
This fine artwork print, produced using the silkscreen printing method, captures the essence of the poem and is signed and numbered by the artist in pencil.
This limited edition print is part of a run of 250 and measures 90cm x 116cm. The print was produced in 2005, allowing fans of Arabic literature and art to bring a piece of this powerful message into their own home.
The poem is also infused with themes of love, as exemplified by the famous line by Layla al-Akhyaliyya, "Love is the key that opens the door to the secrets of the universe."
Layla al-Akhyaliyya was an Arabic poet who lived in the 7th century. She is known for her poetry, which was written in the form of qasidas (long, rhyming poems). Some famous lines from her poetry include:
"O my love, the one I love, the one I love beyond all reason"
"When I see you, I forget the world and all its troubles"
"Your love has captured me and left me in a state of longing"
"I am consumed by the fire of love that burns within me"
"My heart is torn between love and longing, and I cannot find peace"
Layla's poetry is known for its intense emotion and expression of love and longing. It has had a lasting influence on Arabic literature and has been widely admired and studied by scholars and readers around the world.
* Frame not included.
"The Blue Haa: A Romance of Courage and Chivalry by Antar ibn Shaddād"
This artwork features the famous love story of Antar ibn Shaddād and Ablah, as told through the poetic musings of the great Arab warrior-poet.
The original artwork, created by artist Ali Omar Ermes in 1979, is currently in the possession of a Middle Eastern Royal Family.
This fine artwork print, produced using the silkscreen printing method, captures the essence of Antar's journey and his famous line, "I am the son of the brave and the descendant of the noble."
This limited edition print, signed and numbered by the artist in pencil, is part of a run of 250 and measures 112cm x 90cm. The print was produced in 2005, allowing fans of Arabic literature and art to bring a piece of this timeless love story into their own home.
Antar ibn Shaddād was a pre-Islamic Arab poet and warrior who lived in the 6th century. He is known for his poetry, which celebrated his bravery and martial prowess, as well as his love for his wife, Abla. Some famous lines from his poetry include:
"I am the son of Shaddad, the lion of the battlefield"
"I am the hero of the tribe, the one who strikes fear into the hearts of my enemies"
"I am the conqueror of lands, the vanquisher of foes"
"I am the defender of my people, the protector of the weak"
"I am the lover of Abla, the one whose passion knows no bounds"
Antar's poetry has had a lasting impact on Arabic literature and has been widely admired and studied by scholars and readers around the world.
* Frame not included.