Kate Hancock peers into the work Ghost Trap


The Starfish drifted into a dreamscape realm of creatures of the night, creepy crawlies, strange personages and surreal constructs at the Venn Gallery last week.

The upstairs gallery space in Perth’s Queen Street is currently adorned with the sculptures and creations of WA artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah.


Sheridan Savage and Cherish Marrington


We were there for the opening of Maghrib, in which the quirky works are an exploration into the subjective architecture of memory, and investigate how personal history creates a sense of identity.

Abdullah draws on his own personal history, memories and sense of identity, focusing on the implications of a Muslim, Malay and Australian heritage.


Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Stephano Carboni


Art Gallery of Western Australia energetic  Director, Stephano Carboni – the  cultural visionary to whom we owe great thanks for bringing the MOMA’s VAn Gogh, Dali And Beyond exhibit to Perth – opened the exhibition, explaining the themes behind the artist’s distinctive and inspired creations.


Abdullah’s father Ibrahim with his own likeness in sculpture


Abdullah’s refined technical skills are demonstrated through the production of a series of meticulously sculpted pieces. Everything from cats, ravens and spiders to sacrificial lambs, chandeliers, recreations of his own family members and miniature rooms made up the varied yet oddly unified body of works.


Lori Jacobson, Kate Mulligan and Leonie Hos


Utilising a range of materials including cast resin, timber and acrylic, Abdullah also incorporates found materials into the works, such as vintage furniture and lighting.


Natalie Lockwood and Shannon Carberry


This is the stuff dreams are made of and is well worth a look if you are in the city and like your art inspired, refined and unconventional.



Abdul-Rahman Abdullah’s Maghrib exhibition will be at the Venn Gallery until August 16.

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