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Pelicans at Katarapko



Ian Abdulla


1947 – 29 Jan 2011

Language group: Ngarrindjeri, Southern Riverine region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    South Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Ngarrindjeri, Southern Riverine region
    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    © Estate of Ian W Abdulla/Copyright Agency

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  • 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.

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    Where the work was made

    South Australia

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