Abdul-Rahman Abdullah lives and works in Perth and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Curtin University. His work, which explores definitions of identity and belonging, 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.
Abdullah’s work has been curated into key group exhibitions such the 2016 Adelaide Biennial; Menagerie at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2015; WA Focus at Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, 2015; Islam Contemporary, Whitney Centre for the Arts, USA, 2013; and Project HOME, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, 2013.
He has won a number of awards including the Fisher’s Ghost Sculpture Prize 2014 and Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award 2014. He has also been a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2015, Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2013, and The Blake Prize 2013. Abdullah’s work can be found in a number of important collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, Murdoch University Collection, and Islamic Museum of Australia Collection.