Australian Art

IAN ABDULLA



  • Aboriginal
  • Contemporary
  • Painter
  • Established




IAN ABDULLA

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

1947 Born February 17th, 1947 Swan Reach, SA. His father was part Afghan from Hawker in SA and his mother was Ngarrindjeri from Raukkan (Point McLeay). His family consisted of seven boys and five girls. His family experienced the great flood of the Murray River in 1956. He spent time in foster homes and lived with his family at Winkie and later at Cobdogla. After 10 years on Gerard Mission he moved to Adelaide for 2 years but returned to the Riverland with the Parks and Wildlife Service. He now lives in Barmera with two of his children. His art career began in 1988 when he attended a silk screen printing course at the Jerry Mason Senior Memorial Centre at Glossop. He started painting in 1989.

Solo Exhibitions

1990 Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
1991 Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
1992 Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1993 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Looking for a head strainer, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
1994 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1995 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1996 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1997 Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1998 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1999 Japingka Gallery, Perth, WA
Showing Off, installation, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in collaboration with Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Niagara Galleries Melbourne
2000 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2001 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2002 River Land and Memory: the work of Ian Abdulla. Flinders University
Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
2003 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide SA
2004 Riverland Suite, Adelaide Festival Centre during Adelaide Festival


Awards

1991 South Australian Aboriginal Artist of the Year
1994 Community Achievement Award, Barmera Council
1996 Runner-up, Australian Heritage Commission Art Award
1996 Best Painting - National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
2000 Equal Runner-up, The Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award


Publications

1993 As I Grew Older, Omnibus Books.
1994 Tucker, Omnibus Books.
2003 Elvis has entered the building, Wakefield Press


Represented

South Australian Museum, Adelaide; Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide; Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD; Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW; The National Museum of Australia, Canberra, ACT; Robert Holmes a Court Collection; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW; Artbank, Sydney, NSW; Art Gallery of NSW; AFL, Melbourne; Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery, NT; University of Tasmania.Edith Cowan University collection, WA

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