Born: Adelaide, SA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Gurindji
COMMUNITY: Katherine, NT
Sarrita King was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 5th March 1988. She is the younger sister to fellow artist, Tarisse King and daughter to the late highly regarded artist, William King Jungala (1966 - 2007).
Sarrita inherits her Australian Aboriginality from her father who was part of the Gurindji tribe from the Northern Territory. The Gurindji tribe came to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s when members employed by the Wave Hill cattle station led a landmark case which became the first successful land rights claim in Australia. It is this same strong sense of self and pride that Sarrita embodies and it fuels her drive to paint her totemic landscape.
Sarrita spent most of her youth growing up in Darwin in the Northern Territory. Not far from where her ancestors inhabited, it is here that her connection to her Aboriginality and subsequently the land was able to grow. Her exposure to the imperious weather and extreme landscape has provided the theme for her works of art, since she began painting at age 16. Rolling sand hills, cracking lightning and thunderstorms, torrential rain, fire, desert and tangled bush are all scathing environmental factors that shaped her forefather's lives and also her own. Depicting these elements in her paintings, Sarrita provides a visual articulation of the earth's language.
Stylistically, Sarrita utilises traditional Aboriginal techniques such as 'dotting' but also incorporates unorthodox techniques inherited from her late father, as well as self-developed practices. Her art is a fusion of the past, present and future and represents the next generation of artists who have been influenced by both their indigenous history, and current Western upbringing. Sarrita creates frenetic energy on the canvas with her Lightning series and searing heat with her Fire series. Her aesthetic has a universal appeal and provides an entry point for people to experience the power and uniqueness of the Australian landscape and its harsh climate. On a world scale, her depictions couldn't be more seasonable and well-timed.
Sarrita has been included in numerous exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in many high profile Australian and international art collections and been auctioned many times successfully through Paris's Art Curial Auction house.
After 3 years living and painting in Canberra, Sarrita has returned back to Darwin, where she spent most of her childhood. Although young, Sarrita King has many personal achievements but it is her desire to visually communicate her inspiration and the land, which keeps her ancestral narrative alive and provides a new way of looking back while looking forward.
Holmes à Court Collection
2014, Sep - Artist in residence, Kate Owen Gallery
2014, Aug - Sarrita & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2014, July - Sarrita King: Pop Art, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas
2014, April - The King Sisters: Pop Art, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
2013, July - Artist in residence, Ngarru, Port Douglas
2013, Feb - The King Sisters, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2012,Nov - Country of Kings, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
2012, Nov - Art Expo, Singapore
2012, Oct - Collaboration Gallery 577, Melbourne
2012, Aug - Aboriginal Art, Butler Goode Gallery, Sydney
2012, March - Contemporary Art, Art Curial, Paris
2011, Nov - Language of the Earth, Japingka, Fremantle, WA
2011, Feb - Connections: First Solo Exhibtion, Gallery 577, Melbourne
2010, Nov - Contemporary Auction, Art Curial, France
2010 - Rising Stars, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
2010, Aug - The King Sisters, Mason Art Gallery
2010 - First Artist in Residence, Newington College, Sydney
2010 - In Our Father's Eyes, Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, LA
2010, Jul - Contemporary Auction, Art Curial, France
2010, April - Fire & Lightning, Central Art, Alice Springs
2010, Feb - The King Sisters, Red Desert Dreaming Gallery, Mel
2009, Nov - Art Curial Auction and Exhibition, Art Curial, France
2009, Sep - William, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
2009, Nov - Kaminabend mit Tarisse & Sarrita, Brit's Art, Übach-Palenberg, Germany
2009 - The King Sisters, Blue Gum Gallery, QVB, Syd
2009 - The 3 Kings, Bennelong Gallery, Syd
2009, May - The Three Kings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008, Aug -The Kings, Firstlook Gallery, Mel
2008, April -The 3 Kings, Ulladulla Aboriginal Gallery, Syd
2006, Aug - Kings Exhibition, La Jolla, California, USA
2011, Big and Bold, Gallery 577
2010, Divas on the Cusp, Art on Hastings, Noosa Heads, Queensland
2010, Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury, Victoria
2008, Aboriginal Art Auction, Customs House, Sydney
2008, Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury, Victoria
2008, The EWB exhibition, 14 exhibitions across Australia
2006, Katherine Art Exhibtiion, Katherine, N,T
2006, Jungarra Exhibtion, Cairns, Qld
2006, City Mob, Adelaide, S,A