BROTHERS JOIN IN HUGE EXHIBITION
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.
“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.
Bicton artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah.