Hassan Al 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. His work has been presented in many local and international exhibitions.
Hassan is very much inspired by the changes in culture identity and he studies individual identity in relation to a collective experience through his installation works. 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.
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). His work is exhibited in many public and private collections in Oman and abroad.
My work is a contemplation and search in the spiritual domain and the magic rituals bequeathed to us from ancient times and has established itself profoundly in our society. My work relates to the Levant , its beliefs and legends. It narrates my pondering and questioning of death, the mortality of man and examine other local prevalent rituals.
Since my childhood, here in Oman, I have always thought and wondered about the powerful effects these mysterious legends have in controlling and directing the course of man’s life.
Art to me is a language, and a medium through which I seek to discover the state of human and the contradiction, he undergoes in the midst of cultural and civilization conflict. I attempt to link some of these elements and symbolic concepts shared among the various cultures.
In our present day and with the sharp upheavals and fluctuations our societies experience, I realize the paramount importance of experience and research employing new tools and artistic devices that are more capable in portraying and expressing contemporary issues.
I employ what I call ‘ the conceptual seed ‘ or the art that is based on a concept or an idea making use of video art photography. The experiment is developed on basis of realities i.e. not to experiment in abstract.
During the last few years, I directed my experiment towards a unique mélange of both the personal and the general experiences i. e. between personal and general memories and recollections.
Master of Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA, DEC 2000
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA, DEC 1999
|2013||“Ibex Caravan” Public art project|
|2010||“Oryx Caravan” Art event, a project with 40 Artist for the 40th Anniversary of Oman|
|2007||“City & street” Art event in the city of Muscat|
|2005||“Circle” Art event at the Cultural Club|
|2014||“Sharjah Calligraphy Biennale” — Sharjah Museum||U.A.E.|
|2014||“View From Inside” — Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Mixed Media Art FOTOFEST, 2014 BIENNIAL
March 15 – April 27, 2014 , Houston, Texas
|2014||“…all silent but for the buzzing” — At the Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington, London. From 5th to 23rd March 2014||U.K.|
|2014||Arab Contemporary Architecture, Culture and Identity — 31 January – 4 May, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art||Denmark|
|2013||“Ikono On Air Festival” — September, Berlin||Germany|
|2013||Sovereign Asian Art Prize Exhibition||Hong Kong|
|2013||“25 Years of Arab Creativity” — Emirates Place, Abu Dhabi||U.A.E.|
|2012||“25 Years of Arab Creativity” — Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris||France|
|2012||“Arab Express” — Mori Museum||Japan|
|2012||“Work Marry Remember” — AB Gallery, Zurich||Switzerland|
|2011||“Roaming Images” — Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Biennale Thessaloniki||Greece|
|2011||Video: Visions — 1-3 giugno 2011||Venecia, New York, Berlin|
|2010||MENASART FAIR Representative — Bait Muzna Gallery||Lebanon|
|2010||“Memory Lines” — Al-Markya Gallery||Qatar|
|2010||“Once Upon A Time” — Bait Muzna Gallery||Oman|
|2009||“Contemporary Oman Art” — AB Gallery||Switzerland|
|2009||“Faces of the Unknown” — Bait Muzna Gallery||Oman|
|2007||Art Paris — Abu Dhabi||U.A.E.|
|2007||“Self-Representation in the Arabian Gulf” — VCU||Qatar|
|2007||Sharjah International Biennale 8th||U.A.E.|
|2007||“City & the Street” — Circle 4, Muscat||Oman|
|2007||Language of the Desert — Culture Centre||U.A.E.|
|2006||Omani Artists in UNESCO — Paris||France|
|2006||Language of the Desert||France|
|2006||“Hot and Cold” — Berlin||Germany|
|2005||Language of the Desert — Museum of Bonn||Germany|
|2005||Trap and Laurent — Museum of St. Polaton||Austria|
|2005||New Media from GCC Artist — Washington, D.C.||U.S.A.|
|2005||Doha Culture Festival||Qatar|
|2005||Annual Show — Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharja||U.A.E.|
|2004||Artiade 2004 — Olympic of Visual Art||Athens|
|2004||Doha Culture Festival||Qatar|
|2004||The Circle: Video Art, Poetry, Narration||Oman|
|2003||Cairo International Pennali— Cairo||Egypt|
|2003||Oman, British Art Exhibition — Oman Society for Fine Arts||Oman|
|2003||The Circle: Video Art,Ppoetry, Narration — Oman Society for Fine Arts||Oman|
|2003||Childes Spirit — Solo Show, Muscat City Centre||Oman|
|2003||Oman Culture Day||Morocco|
|2002||Oman Show — Korea International Library, Seoul||S. Korea|
|2002||Distinguish Artists — Al Harthy Complex||Oman|
|2002||Palestine the Flower of Revival — Oman Society for Fine Arts||Oman|
|2002||Celebrate the Omani Heritage — A show held in Ammam||Jordan|
|2002||Group Show with Omani Artists — Art Center in Ankara||Turkey|
|2001||GCC Artist Show||Oman|
|2001||Sharjah International Pennali||U.A.E.|
|2001||The Shining Spirit — Solo Show, Oman Society for Fine Arts||Oman|
|2000||The Blue Spirit — Thesis Show, Savannah, Georgia||U.S.A.|
|2000||Open Studio — Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah, Georgia||U.S.A.|
|2000||Faces of the Unknown — Savannah Bistro, Savannah, Georgia||U.S.A.|
|2000||The One Show — Savannah, Georgia||U.S.A.|
|2000||Painting Show — Savannah International Airport||U.S.A.|
|2013||Sovereign Asian Art Prize — Top 30 Artists in Asia||Hong Kong|
|2010||Grand Prize — National Day Competition||Oman|