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Abdul Abdullah is a four time Archibald finalist and this year he has paintings hanging in both the Archibald and Sulman prizes in the Art Gallery of NSW. He has won several art prizes including the Blake Prize for Human Justice in 2011 and has been finalist in many others.

Abdul’s art delivers a strong message. Issues of identity and the current political environment concerning  the Muslim community in Australia are front and foremost in his work.

We talk about how he sees 9/11 impacted the Muslim community and how after that event ‘it became apparent that in the popular imagination Muslims in Australia had become the ‘bad guys”.  We also talk about the 2005 Cronulla riots and how he came about painting retired police officer Craig Campbell for the Archibald. He also gives insights into his painting process and photographic art.

Abdul’s work is currently included in four shows in Victoria and NSW with another three coming up over the next few weeks, including a solo show in Melbourne in November.

Current and upcoming exhibitions:

Show notes  (links to things and people we talk about in the show):



‘The Cost’ oil and resin on board 180cm x 180cm


‘Everything is fine’ oil and resin on linen 100cm x 100cm