Ali Omar Ermes (b.1945) Libyan/British contemporary artist active since the 1960s. His widely exhibited works explore the relationships between art, values, science, morals, life & death. Interwoven with excerpts from literature, mainly Arabic poetry, colors, forms, space & rhythm resulting in visual & musical wonders.
A quotation from the poet Salm Al Khaser cites the attributes of a great personality. It can be interpreted like this:
“A great personality shows itself in firm control, in the face of great dangers and shifting grounds with a never wearing determination to do the right acts in the right ways with tremendous ability to absorb anger, fear and frustration in the face of adversity. And has the generous ability to accommodate people with less capacity then themselves in difficult times.”
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.