24 May 2006,
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
Price realised USD 54,000
USD 25,000 - USD 30,000
ALI OMAR ERMES (LIBYA, B. 1945)
The letter "Sad"
signed in Arabic, dated '1992' and dated in Hijri calendar '1413' (lower left)
gouache and acrylic on paper
28¾ x 51¾in. (73 x 103.5cm.)
Painted in 1992
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One of the most prominent of contemporary artists drawing inspiration from Islamic calligraphy, Ermes typically juxtaposes texts from Arabic poetry with his bold single letters. The inscription on the right identifies the large single letter as the letter Arabic Sad written in the diwani script. To the lower left there is a quotation from the Ayun Al-Akhbar of Ibn Qutaiba.
Private Collection, London.
London, Barbican Art Centre, Signs, Traces & Calligraphy, 1995
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