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, Abdul-Rahman aims to articulate physical dialogues between the natural world, identity and the agency of culture. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magic realism, creating poetic interventions with the built environment. Living and working in rural Western Australia, he provides unique perspectives across intersecting communities, foregrounding shared understandings of individual identity and new mythologies in a cross-cultural context.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a BFA in 2012. In recent years he has exhibited work at a variety of cultural institutes and art galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Newcastle Art Gallery and Pataka Art + Museum (NZ).
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is commercially represented by Moore Contemporary, Perth.
(pictured) Throneroom | 2021 | carved and painted wood
Diaspora Pavilion 2 - I am a beating heart in the world
Curated by Mikala Tai, Adelaide Bannerman and Jessica Taylor
Campbelltown Arts Centre (NSW) | May 22 - October 17 2021
Safe Space (touring nationally)
Curated by Christine Morrow
New England Regional Art Museum (NSW) | July 1 - September 1
Concrete: Art Design Architecture (touring nationally)
Curated by Margaret Hancock-Davis (Jamfactory)
Design Centre Tasmania (TAS) | July 2 - September 5
Peripheries: Abdul Abdullah & Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Moore Contemporary (WA) | August 6 - September 11 2021
Curated by Nur Shkembi
Granville Art Centre (NSW) | dates TBC
The view from here
Art Gallery of Western Australia | dates TBC
Watching: Anna Louise Richardson & Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
West Space (VIC) | May 22 - July 24 2022