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). He is a current board member of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is commercially represented by Moore Contemporary, Perth.
(pictured) Practical Magic | 2016 | stained wood, nylon rope
50Fifty: 2020 - New Acquisitions from the Curtin Collection
Curated by Chris Malcom & Lia McKnight
John Curtin Gallery (WA) | July 22 - October 20
Australian Muslim Artists 2020 - Art Prize
Islamic Museum of Australia (VIC) | August 14 - November 20
Concrete: Art Design Architecture (touring nationally)
Curated by Margaret Hancock-Davis (Jamfactory)
Griffith Regional Art Gallery (NSW) | October 24 - November 24
Safe Space (touring nationally)
Curated by Christine Morrow
Davenport Regional Art Gallery (TAS) | October 2 - November 24
Moore Contemporary (WA) | November 7 - December 12
Peripheries: Abdul Abdullah & Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Yavuz Gallery (NSW) | November 27