Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (b. 1977) is an Australian artist whose practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial space. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Abdullah draws on passages of personal history, articulating formative experiences of individual identity within the broader scope of family. Expanding on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, his work is intended to create a physical dialogue between the natural world and the agency of culture. While his own experiences as a Muslim Australian of mixed cultural heritage provide a starting point, Abdullah negotiates shared understandings of individual identity and new mythologies emerging from a contemporary multicultural context.


Attending the Victorian College of the Arts and then Curtin University, Abdullah graduated with a BFA in 2012. His work has been exhibited recently at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, South Australian Museum, West Space, John Curtin Gallery and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Abdullah is held in the collections of Artbank, Islamic Museum of Australia, Campbelltown Art Centre, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Wesfarmers, Art Gallery of South Australia and Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is commercially represented by This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery.

Instagram: abdul_rahman_abdullah

(pictured) The Days 2017
painted wood
(detail)

Another day in paradise | Campbelltown Art Centre

Current projects

Bankwest Art Prize
November 2016 | Bankwest Art Gallery (WA)

Another Day in Paradise
Curated by Michael D'agostino and Ben Quilty
January 2017 | Campbelltown Art Centre (NSW)

Upcoming projects

Sculpture at Bathers
February 2017 | Kidogo Art House (WA)

Among Monsters
Solo exhibition
April 2017 | This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery (VIC)