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b. 1977, Australia

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah Biography

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is an emerging West Australian artist working primarily in sculpture, installation and drawing. Abdullah's practice explores definitions and experiences of cultural identity, focusing on memory, narrative and the domestic environment to access esoteric social histories within an urban Australian environment. His work emerges from his Muslim heritage that is both seventh-generation Australian and Malay. Within these cultural parameters he explores a personal engagement with the migrant experience of his mother, the ongoing implications of his Australian father’s early conversion to Islam and "the mutable understanding of childhood values in the present tense." Abdullah's sculptural works often feature figures, animals and home furnishings which display his trademark meticulous and refined technical skills. He uses materials such as cast resin, timber and acrylic, augmented by found domestic objects including carpets, chandeliers and ceiling roses.

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Attending the Victorian College of the Arts then Curtin University, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah graduated from art school in 2012. In 2013 he was received an Artstart grant from the Australia Council, a development grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts and was selected for the Artsource Emerging Artists Program. Abdullah was a finalist in the 62nd Blake Prize, Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Prize and was the West Australian recipient of the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award. In 2014 he was awarded an Art and Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award and selected as a finalist in the Bankwest Art Prize, he is currently undertaking a Jump Mentorship with Alex Seton.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah Featured Artworks

The Omen (II) by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul-Rahman AbdullahThe Omen (II), 2014Hand carved jelutong, steel, charred oak
Variable dimensions
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah In Related Press

Artists can’t help swearing in Just Not Australian Related Press Artists can’t help swearing in Just Not Australian 20 February 2019, Art Guide Australia

Nothing is what it used to be in the group show Just Not Australian. This is probably just as well, since the cultural artefacts that form much of the show's raw material are not always pretty. In works made over the last two decades, the 19 artists have used existing images, materials and meanings to reconstruct and critique Australian...

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