I wanted to paint him as a mountain (detail). Abdul Abdullah

Abdul Abdullah Archibald Prize Finalist

2012 alumnus Abdul Abdullah is YET AGAIN a finalist for the Archibald Prize with his deadly portrait of Richard Bell, I wanted to paint him as a mountain. 

It’s a gorgeous portrait and a fitting homage to such an incredible artist, advocate and activist. Richard was also the colourful host of our Blak Wave opening event at the Wheeler Centre, as well as a contributor to the Blak Wave publication.

Of the portrait Abdul says ‘I see him as mountainous – hence the title – the type of person who fills a room when he enters it. From there it was a small step to visualising him in a space suit, casting a discerning, critical gaze on this country from space as if to say, “you’ve messed it all up”. ‘ I am proud and honoured to call him a friend and mentor.’ Richard has also been a key mentor to several of our young indigenous artists.

Third time’s a charm Abdul! We have our fingers crossed for you!

Read more about the work and see it in full size here.