Pelicans at Katarapko
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.
Places where the work was made
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
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.
Gift of Mark Nelson 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Estate of Ian W. Abdulla. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney