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(1947 – 2011), Australia

Ian Abdulla Biography

Ian Abdulla (1947–2011) was a Ngarrindjeri Australian Aboriginal contemporary artist. Abdulla was born at Swan Reach, on the Murray River, in the Riverland region of South Australia. His art depicts the landscape and activities of this area, with a strong storytelling element. They are distinct for their juxtaposition of text and image with Abdulla's handpainted annotations briefly describing the scene depicted.

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 His works have been exhibited around the world and form part of the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1991 Abdulla was named South Australian Aboriginal Artist of the Year, and was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship in 1992. His book, As I Grew Older was awarded the Australian Multicultural Children’s Literature Award in 1994.

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