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Hassan Meer’s work explores the relationship between his personal identity and collective experience in his native Oman. Born in Muscat in 1972, he received a Bachelor’s degree in 1999 and a Master’s degree 2000 in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Since 2000, Meer has worked in Oman where he focuses on promoting contemporary art. His latest venture, Stal Gallery, encourages unconventional forms such as installation and multimedia and seeks to be the hub of contemporary art in Oman.
His work as both artist and curator gives him a unique perspective on Middle Eastern art.
Describing himself as a conceptual artist, Meer’s practice is grounded in the here and now, but his subject matter centers around the past. His abstract paintings draw on his childhood memories, combining bright vivid colors with bold forms derived from myths and rituals.
His forms and aesthetic are also inspired by European abstraction. He is particularly influenced by the Cobra art movement of the 1940s and 1950s, which rejected Western culture and embraced mythology and folk art through abstraction. Spirituality has begun to play a larger role in Meer’s work, and through his practice, he seeks answers to his own spiritual questions.
The painting, Little Maryam, embodies Meer’s themes of childhood and spirituality through its combination of childlike and mythological forms with bold colors. Blue and yellow are particularly important as symbols of an Omani childhood between the desert and the sea. While Meer’s paintings are deeply personal, they also engage with his search for an elusive cultural identity.
In 2000 Meer organized the Circle Show which aimed to encourage new forms of art in Oman and the region. His work has been presented in many local and international exhibitions. Between September-October 2012, Hassan Meer undertook a residency program at the Delfina Foundation in London.
All Silent for the buzzing Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington, London (2014)
Fotofest Biennial, Houston, Texas (2014)
Reflections, Stal Gallery (2013)
8th Sharjah International Biennale, UAE (2013)
Arab Express, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012)
Work, Marry, Remember, AB Gallery, Zurich (2012)
His work is exhibited in many public and private collections in Oman and abroad.
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