An image of Pelicans at Katarapko

Ian Abdulla

(Australia 1947 – 29 Jan 2011)

Barmera, Southern Riverine region, Swan Reach, Southern Riverine region
Language group
Ngarrindjeri, Southern Riverine region

Pelicans at Katarapko

Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
South Australia, Australia
Southern Riverine, South Australia, Australia
Cultural origin
Ngarrindjeri, Southern Riverine region
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
Accession number
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