Abdul Rahman Abdullah is an emerging West Australian artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. His work seeks to utilise the subjective qualities of figurative sculpture within the built environment to create an immersive experience. Abdullah’s practice draws on the storytelling capacity of animal archetypes to explore alternative definitions of cultural identity, focusing on memory and autobiographical narratives to examine esoteric social histories within an Australian environment.
Attending the Victorian College of the Arts (VIC), then Curtin University (WA), Abdul-Rahman Abdullah graduated with a BA in 2012. In 2013 he 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 Contemporary Art Award and won the Fishers Ghost Sculpture Award. Recent exhibitions include WA Focus; Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (WA), In The Name, Alaska Projects (NSW) and Menagerie, the Australian Centrefor Contemporary Art (VIC).
In 2016 he will exhibit in Magic Object – The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, atthe Art Gallery of South Australia. He is held in the collections of Artbank, Islamic Museum of Australia, Campbelltown Art Centre, Murdoch University and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
The Islamic Museum of Australia - Artist in Residence Program 2015 is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Program partner: Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia