Over 60 Years of Art | Welcome to the World Ali Omar Ermes


 Ali Omar Ermes

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. 


Ali Omar‘s paintings produce a strong visual language, that speaks eloquently to people who can read the Arabic script and those who cannot. On multiple levels, his work has brought a new dynamism and vitality to the contemporary art world and some have even described him as “a Bridge between the divide of cultures and languages”.

Filming in Paris

His unique style combines painting excerpts from world literature, mainly Arabic/Islamic poetry and prose and uses them as a commentary on human values such as justice, peace, human rights, protection of the environment and moral and social responsibilities. Combined with the text, colours, forms, the sense of space and rhythm create powerful visual and musical compositions.

Ali Omar Ermes delivering his talk
Ali Omar Ermes is considered by many curators and art experts around the world as a unique international artist. He is widely exhibited and probably the number one collected contemporary Middle Eastern artist in the world.

His work is held in various museums from the Far East to the Far West including The British Museum (London), The Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Wereldmuseum (Rotterdam), The Smithsonian Institution (Washington), Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts (Amman), The National Gallery of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).
His work is also in private collections including the British Government Art Collection (London), Prince of Wales Collection, The Royal Collection of the Sultanate of Oman, H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (Dubai), Arab Heritage Gallery at Khubar (Saudi Arabia) as well as in international Banks and Oil Companies.