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Ian Abdulla (a.k.a. Ian W. Abdulla; Ian Wayne Abdulla; Ian Abdullah) b. 1947 d. 29 Jan 2011 (2 works by fr. 1993, 1 works taught in 1 units)

Ian Abdulla's mother, Jemima Hunter, was from Raukkan (Port McLeay) and his father was an Afghan man from Hawker in the Flinders Ranges. He and his twin brother Rodney were born under a tree on the banks of the lower River Murray at Swan Reach Mission in 1947.

In 1961, Abdullah's family moved to Gerard Aboriginal Community. He worked in the rural industry: picking grapes, monitoring irrigation and driving machinery. Abdullah's experience with Christianity during his childhood and adult life is reflected in some of his artwork. Examples of his art work are held in many private and public collections and are also the subject of the book Ian W. Abdulla : Elvis has left the Building (2003).

1 Ian Abdulla : Artist Helen Chryssides , 1993 single work biography
— Appears in: Local Heroes 1993; (p. 5-28)
1 As I Grew Older Written and Illustrated by Ian Abdulla Vicki Thornton , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , May 2014;

— Review of As I Grew Older : The Life and Times of a Nunga Growing Up Along the River Murray Ian Abdulla 1993 single work picture book
1 'Sowing Seeds at Nite' (after Ian W Abdulla) i "In Gerard", Nicolette Stasko , 1995 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , Spring vol. 40 no. 3 1995; (p. 11-12)
1 4 y Tucker Ian Abdulla , Ian Abdulla (illustrator), South Australia : Omnibus Books , 1994 Z849399 1994 single work information book children's (taught in 1 units)
1 6 y As I Grew Older : The Life and Times of a Nunga Growing Up Along the River Murray Ian Abdulla , Ian Abdulla (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1993 Z849282 1993 single work picture book children's

'Ian Abdulla's paintings and text offer a snapshot of an Aboriginal family living on a small stretch of the Murray River in South Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. This was a time of immense and profound environmental and social change when the assimilation policy still existed and there were few employment opportunities for Aborigines.

'Ian's personal story of survival affirms the culture of rural Aborigines who despite being dispossessed have been determined to stay on the land.' (Publication summary)

1 Narratives of Charm and Wit John Kean , 2011 single work obituary (for Ian Abdulla )
— Appears in: The Age , 15 February 2011; (p. 14)
1 Constructing Neonarratives Kerry Mallan , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Something to Crow About : New Perspectives in Literature for Young People 1999; (p. 64-77)
Discusses a neonarrative model as a basis for research into the artistic practice of children's book illustrators. Includes a brief discussion of work by Daisy Utemorrah and Pat Torres and Ian Abdulla in the way their art conveys 'life narratives'.
1 2 Riverland Scott Rankin , 2004 single work drama Inspired by the art of Ian Abdulla, 'Riverland is the story of 13 year-old Luke and his family who go camping beside the river his Nana remembers swimming in as a girl before the flood. The river has changed - the cod do not swim there any more and the children live in the city. The audience is invited to come camping in a world of storytelling and play, where the real and the imagined combine, where the past and present are one.' (Windmill Performing Arts media release, 2004)