The Jaguar that fell into the river
Born 1947, Swan Reach, South Australia
Resides Barmera, South Australia
Ian Abdulla is an artist of considerable national repute. He has had many solo exhibitions at galleries throughout Australia. His work has also been included in numerous important group exhibitions, including those that have toured widely, both in Australia and internationally. He won the award for best painting at the 1996 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Awards.
Ian’s works are largely biographical and tell of his experiences of life on the Murray River in direct narrative form, usually incorporating a written story into the image. As well as being biographical, these images and their accompanying stories encompass statements about social and environmental changes to the Murray River and its communities.
Ian says that his children have been his inspiration for his art. He paints to teach them and tell them his stories but he also acknowledges the ways in which he can learn from them.