Ali Omar Ermes, ‘Suhabatu Asaad’, 2010, Meem Gallery

About Ali Omar Ermes

Ali Omar Ermes uses letterforms and literature as a starting point for his paintings featuring imagery inspired by Arabic script: a large single letter, words or phrases from classical poetry, or compositions that evoke the visual rhythms of Arabic writing. Set against dappled color-washed backgrounds, the text acts as the work’s subject—fitting for an artist who is also a prolific author and outspoken activist. In works that range from bold brushstrokes to fluid washes that show the energy of the artist’s hand, Ermes elicits an astounding range of Arabic script using a limited toolbox of forms.

Libyan, b. 1945