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Title

Pelicans at Katarapko

(1994)


Artist

Ian Abdulla

Australia

1947 - 29 Jan 2011

Language group

Ngarrindjeri, Southern Riverine region


About

lan Abdulla's paintings vividly recall his childhood memories of the peripatetic life of the Ngarrindjeri people of the Riverland region in rural South Australia. His experiences are shared by many Aboriginal people dispossessed of their land and marginalised into a life of seasonal work and scavenging. Abdulla's richly detailed paintings offer a sense of community despite the hardships of working for a subsistence livelihood on the fringes of a wealthy white farming community. The rapid degradation of the natural resources of the region, and encroaching westernisation of Nunga communities are also as subtly constant as the ubiquitous Murray River.


Details


Date

(1994)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

121.8 x 151.5 x 4.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed l.r.corner, white synthetic polymer paint "IAN. W. ABDULLA". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mark Nelson 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

16.2015


Artist information

Ian Abdulla

Artist profile

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
South Australia