DOB: 1986 & 1988
Born: Adelaide, SA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Gurindji
COMMUNITY: Katherine, NT
Sarrita King was born in Adelaide on March 5th 1988. She spent most of her youth in Darwin, where her mother still resides. After completing high school in Darwin and being accepted by the South Australian Institute of Sport for netball Sarrita decided to move to Adelaide permanently. After a period in Adelaide, Sarrita set up a studio and Canberra and eventually moved back to Darwin in 2015.
Sarrita's father, the late William King, was born in Katherine, Northern Territory. He was from the Gurindji tribe with most of his family still living in the Northern Territory. William King passed away on Dec 2nd, 2007. He spent most of the last 20 years of his life in Adelaide. Sarrita often visited her father in Adelaide, spending time with him in his studio. During 2005 Sarrita made several extended visits after having become very interested in his art.
Sarrita's inspiration is the amazing environment she grew up surrounded by in the Northern Territory, from the big rains to the lightning storms and the constantly changing earth. Sarrita reflects on much of her experiences with family members, especially her father who taught her about her Aboriginal heritage and the connection to our world in general.
Sarrita feels her art is a way of continuing to remember her father and all that he passed on to her. Furthermore her art continues to pass on his amazing love of life. Sarrita has found that art has subtly taken over her life and is a tool which allows her to connect to the world around her especially people. She is looking forward to challenging herself over the years through her art and the unusual life paths it will expose to her.
Tarisse is a daughter of well-known artist, William King Jungala. An urban aboriginal artist, she was born on September 4th 1986 in Adelaide. She moved to Darwin to live with her mother at the age of nine, but returned to Adelaide in 2003 to pursue a career in hospitality. However, living with her father she was exposed to art and her engagement with it grew.
She began painting her father's stories including his five elements, earth images and other designs, which she learned and inherited from William, and as her involvement grew she began experimenting with her own techniques and designs.
Following her father's passing in 2007, Tarisse continued to spend much of her time in the studio, continuing her father's legacy. Tarisse now lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children.