Hassan Meer


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.

The Twin DateJust 41 Dial

The Twin

Hassan Meer was born in Muscat the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman, where he continues to live and work. He received his Master’s degree in 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 a 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). 14th Curitiba International Biennial of Contemporary Art 2019, Brazil; Christie’s (2019), 2022 Venice Biennale, Oman pavilion and more. 

The dial was painted with acrylic, taking Hassan 1 month to complete due to his design inspiration and such a small space fitting his design in.

When asked what his inspirations were behind the dial, he replied with,

“My work is a contemplation of, and a search for, the spiritual domain and the magic rituals bequeathed to us from ancient times. Since my childhood in Oman, I have always thought and wondered about the powerful effects of these mysterious traditions in controlling and directing human life. In my work, I create and obscure symbols of spirituality just as they were revealed and then hidden from me as a child. The blue appears in my works as a symbol of invisible spirits from my hometown. 

My work relates to the Levant, its beliefs, and its legends. It narrates my pondering and questioning of death, and the mortality of man and examines 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”  

I attempt to link some of these elements and symbolic concepts shared among the various cultures”.