Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is a West Australian artist whose practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial space. Working primarily in sculpture, 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.
Attending the Victorian College of the Arts and then Curtin University, Abdullah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts 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 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, 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.
(pictured) Practical Magic 2016
stained wood, nylon rope
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
National Archives of Australia, Canberra (ACT)
Curated by John Mateer
John Curtin Gallery (WA)
Bankwest Art Prize
Bankwest Art Gallery (WA)
Another Day in Paradise
Curated by Michael D'agostino and Ben Quilty
Campbelltown Art Centre (NSW)
Sculpture at Bathers
Kidogo Art House (WA)
This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery (VIC)