• Abdul Abdullah with his painting, Custodians, 2020, oil on linen, 183 x 1107 cm
  • Exhibition view of Contested Territories.
  • Exhibition view of Contested Territories.
  • Abdul Abdullah, Contested territory, 2019, oil on linen, 161 x 480 cm (quadriptych)
  • Abdul Abdullah, Everybody agrees on everything, 2019, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios (top); oil on linen (bottom), 240 x 180 cm (diptych)
  • Abdul Abdullah, Boundless plains to share, 2019, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios, 200 x 300 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, 2019, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios, 150 x 120 cm
  • Installation view of Abdul Abdullah's The waiting room
  • Abdul Abdullah, Understudy, 2019, silicon, synthetic hair, fabric, plastic, fibreglass, metal, dimensions variable
  • Abdul Abdullah, Superpredators, 2019, oil on linen, 180 x 240 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Half devil half child, 2019, oil on linen, 180 x 240 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Dogs in the manger, 2019, oil on linen, 180 x 240 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Don't break my heart, 2018, oil on linen, 240 x 180 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, How deep is your love, 2018, oil on linen, 240 x 180 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Liver liver good Muslim boy, 2018, oil on linen, 280 x 200 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Love is all around, 2018, oil on linen, 240 x 180 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Love me do, 2018, oil on linen, 240 x 180 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, You don't have to say you love me, 2018, oil on linen, 240 x 180 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, May all your dreams come true, 2018, oil on linen, 240 x 180 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Groom I (Zofloya) . 2015 chromogenic print, 100 x 100 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Everything ever, all at once, 2018, oil on linen, 240 x 180 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Make something beautiful, 2018, manual embroidery, 167.5 x 167.5 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Ulysses, 2017, digital print, 100 x 75 cm / 160 x 120 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, The passion, 2017, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios, 145 x 120 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, The power, 2017, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios, 145 x 120 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Son of the Divine, 2017, oil on linen, 100 x 75 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Collateral stakeholders, 2017, digital print, 120 x 226 cm / 75 x 140 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Accumulated Dividend, 2017, digital print, 120 x 214 cm / 75 x 134 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Merger and acquisition, 2017, digital print, 120 x 234 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Journey to the west, 2017, digital print, 120 x 208 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Delegated risk management, 2017, digital print, 120 x 185 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Son, 2013, digital print, 155 x 110 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Father, 2013, digital print, 155 x 110 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Mother, 2013, digital print, 155 x 110 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah,When the going gets tough, 2017, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios, Yogyakarta, 124 x 110 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah,The tough get going, 2017, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios, Yogyakarta, 124 x 110 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, The Passion, 2017, manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios, 145 x 120 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Bride II (Subterfuge), 2015, digital print, 100 x 100 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Groom II (Stratagem), 2015, digital print, 100 x 100 cm
  • Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Hamid, 2014, oil and resin on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
  • Installation view of Jangan Sakiti Hatiku - Don't Break My Heart
  • Installation view of Jangan Sakiti Hatiku - Don't Break My Heart
  • Installation view of Jangan Sakiti Hatiku - Don't Break My Heart

Abdul Abdullah

As a seventh-generation Muslim Australian of mixed ethnicity who grew up in suburban Perth (an ‘outsider amongst outsiders’), Abdul Abdullah’s (b. 1986) multi-disciplinary practice is motivated by a longstanding concern on the complex feelings of displacement and alienation associated with histories of diaspora and migration. Providing a voice to these rarely told topics, he creates carefully crafted political commentaries that speak of the ‘Other’ and the experiences of marginalised communities. While the fraught dynamic of Muslim experiences have provided the initial framework, Abdullah has consciously expanded his practice to include a broader sense of marginalisation. Intersecting between popular culture, contemporary conflicts and personal experience, his recent works renegotiate histories and create space for alternative possibilities and new conversations. Grounding his outlook with an expansive cultural geography that belies reductive boundaries of nationality, Abdullah represents a new face of emerging artists from the Asia-Pacific region.

Abdullah is collected by numerous institutions, including: the National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Australia);  Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia); and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum (Thailand). In 2019, he was awarded the inaugural Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize. He is also a four-time Archibald Prize finalist and four-time Sulman Prize finalist, the most prestigious art prizes in Australia, a rarity for an artist of his years.