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.
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 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, Pataka Art + Museum (NZ), ACE Open, West Space, Campbelltown Art Centre, Fremantle Art Centre, John Curtin Gallery, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and Alaska Projects. 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.
(pictured) Practical Magic | Abdul-Rahman Abdullah | 2016 | stained wood, nylon rope
Installation - HERE&NOW16 Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
Curated by Dr Ric Spencer
November 2018 | Fremantle Art Centre (WA)
Curated by Christine Morrow
November 2018 | Logan Art Gallery (QLD)
November 2018 | Moore Contemporary (WA)
Curated by Vipoo Srivilasa and Joanna Bosse
November 2018 | Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre (VIC)
Concrete - Art, Design & Architecture
Curated by Margaret Hancock-Davis
February 2019 | Jamfactory (SA)
The National 2019 - New Australian Art
Curated by Anna Davis and Clothilde Bullen
March 2019 | Museum of Contemporary Art (NSW)
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah & Anna Louise Richardson
Curated by Kent Wilson
March 2019 | Castlemaine State Festival (VIC)