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📸 Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Chris Malcolm installing 'Among Monsters' 2017. Everything Is True, John Curtin Gallery, 2021. Photographer: Brad Coleman. "As a studio-based artist, you end up creating your own visual language and that's the language you want to speak 'til the day you die, I guess. Hopefully to bigger audiences all the time." - Abdullah Hearing the artist discuss the works in the Everything is True exhibition is striking, in part due to the recognition of how unusual it is to have the opportunity to hold such a large show in a familiar or hometown setting. In a video interview, the artist cites the pandemic as a motivation for showcasing local stories in the festival. This aspect is a unique one for many practising visual artists.
It is the breadth of talent and diversity in visual arts practitioners, like Abdullah, that is astounding to find throughout our entire state. From remote Aboriginal arts centres to outer metro sculpture studios, we are fortunate to have such talented home-grown artists creating exquisite works that share the range of Western Australian stories.
Make sure to see Everything is True at John Curtin Gallery before the show closes 23 April. To learn more about this globally successful Western Australian visual artist: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah website John Curtin Gallery