Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (b. 1977) is an Australian artist whose practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial spaces. Drawing on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, Abdullah aims to articulate physical dialogues between the natural world, politics and the agency of culture. While his own experiences as a Muslim Australian of mixed ethnicity provide a starting point, Abdullah negotiates shared understandings of individual identity, new mythologies and marginalised outlooks in a multicultural context. Living and working in rural Western Australia, Abdullah provides a unique perspective across intersecting and disparate communities.
Working primarily in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magic realism, creating poetic interventions with the space it occupies. Since 2014 he has explored the mimetic qualities of wood carving alongside sourced materials, domestic objects and atmospheric lighting to immerse audiences in preternatural and unexpected environments.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a BFA in 2012. His work is held in the collections of Artbank, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Wesfarmers, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Campbelltown Art Centre, City of Broken Hill and the Islamic Museum of Australia. He is a current board member of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and founding member of eleven collective.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is commercially represented by Moore Contemporary.
The Dogs | 2017 | stained wood, chandeliers
Dark Horizons - Abdul Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua. New Zealand
WA Journey 1970 - present
Curated by Robert Cook
November 2017 | Art Gallery of Western Australia (WA)
Waqt al-Tagheer - Times of change - eleven collective
Co-curated by Nur Shkembi & Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
March 2018 | ACE Open (SA)
Curated by Grace Partridge
March 2018 | Wellington Street Projects (NSW)
Khalas - Enough!
Curated by Nur Shkembi & Phillip George
May 2018 | UNSW Galleries (NSW)
The 1818 Project
Curated by Sarah Johnson
September 2018 | Newcastle Art Gallery (NSW)