Omar Bilbeisi is a Jordanian fine artist. He was born in the 1970’s and studied art at the Ecole Nationale Superiure Des Beaux Art in Paris in 1993. When he started painting, the Jordanian art scene was still not saturated with known artists as well as art works. Omar Bilbeisis art targets the Arabic language through its letters. Bilbeisi was skeptical about how society viewed arabs and their language. In the Arab world, the arabic language sparks a thought of beauty, poetry, design. In the western world however, it has been viewed as a form of propaganda as one would associate it with Islam, which unfortunately nowadays is associated with terrorism. The arabic letters being printed over and over again turning into a means of propaganda and control is where Bilbeisi was trying to take a stand.
Bilbesis art work consists of magnified arabic letters and bold primary colors inspired by Pop art. More specifically, his bold backdrops of green, white, red, blue and yellow are inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. As pop art would take images and place them out of context, this is exactly what Bilbeisi would do with his work. He would take a letter out of a word, that was taken out of a sentence, and enlarge it, magnify it, and give it the enforcement and character as a letter on its own. As a viewer, approaching his art, we are stand infront of a “snake in sand” like motion of lines that are enclosed with different chunks of color. The letter is expanded, taking on all areas of the canvas, allowing the viewer to imagine where the character could grow outside of the canvas in his or her own eyes; without the distortion of language and culture through greater and higher powers.