Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

TAK­ING in­spi­ra­tion from his older brother gave Ab­dul-Rah­man Ab­dul­lah the in­cen­tive to be­gin the path to cre­ativ­ity.

The Bic­ton con­tem­po­rary artist is tak­ing part in the Perth In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts (PICA) Sa­lon 2015 ex­hi­bi­tion called Epic Nar­ra­tives.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on un­til Au­gust in Perth and fea­tures the col­lec­tive works of a host of tal­ented WA artists.

Ab­dul-Rah­man is the younger brother of the leg­endary artist Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah, who will also be ex­hibit­ing.

“When I was a kid my world was full of books and draw­ing, draw­ing, draw­ing,” Ab­dul-Rah­man Ab­dul­lah said.

“I spent many years work­ing in dif­fer­ent cre­ative in­dus­tries as an il­lus­tra­tor, de­signer and sculp­tor be­fore de­cid­ing to go back to art school in my mid 30s.

“My older brother was a big in­flu­ence when I was a kid. We read the same books and comics and we would al­ways be draw­ing.

Ab­dul-Rah­man said his fam­ily al­ways sup­ported both broth­ers in their pur­suit of artis­tic ex­cel­lence.

“Ev­ery day I get to de­cide ex­actly what I want to be do­ing,” he said.­mu­ni­ d438745

“It's a real priv­i­lege to be able to map out my life with the things I want to make and the sto­ries I want to tell.”

This year cu­ra­tors Leigh Robb and Na­dia John­son de­cided to ex­pand the ex­hi­bi­tion into much more of a cu­rated-event. The duo con­tacted the Ab­dul­lah broth­ers, who can­celled all en­gage­ments to be part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“They con­tacted me while I was in Paris with my part­ner last year and I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to show my work with such a fan­tas­tic group of artists in Perth’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary art in­sti­tu­tion,” Ab­dul-Rah­man said.

“It was a chance to cre­ate a new body of work within a cu­ra­to­rial premise that re­ally fits in with my in­ter­ests as an artist.

“Cu­ra­tor of the Art Gallery of WA Robert Cook de­scribed my ap­proach as ‘magic re­al­ism’, which I think is a great fit.”

The tal­ented artist is fin­ish­ing two works ahead of the PICA ex­hi­bi­tion and will start work on a pro­ject in­volv­ing re­search into three cen­turies of artis­tic in­flu­ence.

“My next pro­ject in­volves a lot of re­search in Makas­sar and Kuala Lumpur and I ex­pect to be buried in my stu­dio un­til March next year,” he said.

Pic­ture: Elle Borg­ward

Bic­ton artist Ab­dul-Rah­man Ab­dul­lah.

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