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Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

(b. Tripoli, Libya, 1945).

Libyan painter. He returned to Libya in 1970 after graduating from the Plymouth School of Architecture and Design in England. In 1974 he was appointed consultant to the Festival of Islam in London, and in 1981 he settled in England. He typically uses individual letter forms based on the maghribī style of script typical of North Africa, setting one or two large letters against a richly textured abstract ground with accompanying excerpts from Arabic and world literature that address social and moral issues. His works have been exhibited in more than 60 solo and group exhibitions and can be found in many major museums. Chairman of Muslim Cultural Heritage Center in London, he has also been involved with several other cultural and intellectual institutions there.

A. O. Ermes: Ali Omar Ermes: Art and Ideas: Works on Paper (exh. cat., Oxford, Ashmolean, 1992)A. O. Ermeswith S. Rizvi: Reaching Out: Conversations on Islamic Art with Ali Omar Ermes...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1952, in Chalon-sur-Saône.

Painter. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, landscapes with figures, still-lifes.

Guérin studied architecture, and began painting in 1974. He lives and works in Alfortville. In his paintings of figures - Breton Crucifix; Figurines in Terracotta, Shower Cap...

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Maribel  

Spanish, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in France.

Born 4 June 1946, in Madrid.

Painter, pastellist, draughtswoman. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, scenes with figures, local scenes (bullfighting), landscapes, architectural views, still-lifes.

Maribel was born in Spain and lived in France from the age of nine. She studied with Serge Belloni. She lives and works in Roquefort-des-Corbières, in Aude. She has been much inspired by Spain and produces pastels of dancers, including flamenco and other Spanish dances, singers and musicians, as well as processions and penitents. Her colour range consists of ochres and warm tones, contrasting black and white to dramatic effect....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 8 September 1950.

Painter. Religious subjects, figures.

Gil Pottier studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Aix-en-Provence and at the Université d'Arts Plastiques in Montreal. His compositions, architectural in style, in cool colours, present pallid, hieratic figures with strips of cloth loosely draped around them....