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Abdul Abdullah, Artist Case Study

Abdul Abdullah, Artist Case Study

Abdul Abdullah > Biography

Originally hailing from Perth, Abdul Abdullah is currently based in Sydney. Abdul has completed a Bachelor of Art at the Faculty of BEAD (Built Environment Art and Design) at Curtain University of Technology, Perth (2008) and is now studying a Master of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales (Art and Design). Abdul has been the recipient of several art prizes including the Linden Postcard Show (2014) and the Blake Prize for Human Justice (2011). He has also been a finalist in the Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong (2015) and the Archibald Prize in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Abdul’s recent exhibitions have included, I see a darkness at Future Perfect, Singapore (2014); Seige at Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2014) and WA Focus: Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. His works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, the Islamic Museum of Australia and the Bendigo Art Gallery. Find out more about Abdul > HERE


Abdul Abdullah > Case Study

Abdul has visited Linden on many occasions and considers the gallery an excellent exhibition space. He exhibited at Linden as part of the Postcard Show 2014 in which he was awarded the first prize for his photograph, The Re-introduction Of Australian Knighthood (2014). Abdul believes that being part of the Postcard Show exposed his work to a new audience and also encouraged him to work in a new way by creating work that was physically smaller. Abdul believes it is essential for artists to have access to spaces that allow and encourage experimentation and development of their work, as it strengthens their practice and capacity to make new and engaging work. Abdul had a positive experience exhibiting at Linden. He used his prize money from the Postcard Show towards studio fees for the year and to assist in the development of several projects. These projects have led to exhibitions in Sydney, Singapore and New York. Abdul is keen to exhibit at Linden again in the future and says of his experience, ‘working with Linden gave me the opportunity to work with curators and a space that encourages experimental and critical ideas.’

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