Hassan Meer is an established Omani and international Artist, Designer, Art Curator and Gallerist, developing an original technique, with a unique particularity. He received acknowledgements through various art publications and specialized magazines reviewed by famous art critics and his artworks have been exhibited in may prestigious museums and foundations, contemporary and historical venues. In addition of working as an artist and a designer, he also conducted Art courses in Sultan Qaboos University and The Fine Art society.
Hassan Meer was born in Muscat the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman in 1972 where he continues to live and work. He received his Masters degree in Art in 2000 and his Bachelor degree in Fine Art with Media Art specialization in 1999 from Savannah College of art and design, Georgia, USA. During his study, he started using video and installation art as a new form to express his ideas, which have been inspired by personal experience and childhood memories with an impressionable sense of spirituality. In the year 2000 he organized the Circle Show, which, is taking the lead in encouraging this new form of art in Oman and the region.
Hassan is very much inspired by the changes in culture identity and he studies individual identity, community correlates in relation to a collective experience and a globalized age through his installation works and artworks. His work is also a contemplation and search into the spiritual domain and the magic rituals bequeathed to us from ancient times which, has established itself profoundly in our society. It narrates his pondering and questioning of death, the mortality of man and examines others local prevalent rituals.
Hassan Meer has an international contemporary art presence through the variety of Global Art Programmes. His artworks are held in many public and private collections in Oman and around the Globe. Between September-October 2012, Hassan Meer undertook a residency programme at the Delfina Foundation in London. His exhibitions include: 8th Sharjah International Biennale, UAE (2013); Arab Express, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012); Work Marry Remember, AB Gallery, Zurich (2012); Reflections, Stal Gallery (2013); Fotofest Biennial, Houston, Texas (2014) and All Silent for the buzzing Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington, London (2014).
Statement about art collection
“Reflection from memories” is a series of photographs showing the sense of life in Oman in the period of sixties and seventies. A big transition happened in the region through that decade; the discovery of Oil brought new hope and life to the people. Most of the Omani returned back to their home from abroad, some of them brought their memories with them and some of them left them behind. The Architecture of the city changed, people moved to new arias and left their old houses behind. The modernity has come, and the transition is happening, but with no control. Most of the cities in the aria lost there original soul, in my Work I’m trying to send a message to the people to maintain what’s left from their past.
When I entered my grandfather'shousea fewyears ago I found nothing but only broken walls and windows. The emptiness of the house derived me to go back to the memory of my family. Then I started creating a series of photographs inspired by the soul of our old House.
REFLECTION FROM MEMORIES. HOUSE SERIES "1"
Media: Photography on artpaper
Price: from 600 OMR each
Country: Oman, Muscat
Art colection "Reflection from memories"
Limited edition of exhibition prints