Sarrita King - Artist portrait (detail), photo credits

Sarrita King

Australia 1988


Sarrita King
Sarrita King
April 29, 2016

Considered as one of Australia’s young rising star, Sarrita King creates the paintings that represent the homage to the first generation of Aboriginal artists who paved the way for their inheritors. Using the old Aboriginal techniques of dotting, she makes the unique mixture of tradition, self-developed methods and unusual procedures learned from her father, well-known painter. She is a part of a new generation of artists who have been influenced by both their Indigenous heritage and modern upbringing and who connect the past, present and the future. Her paintings evoke the energetic interpretations of Australian rough weather and landscape, inspired by the life in the Northern Territory.

Sarrita King - Waterholes
Sarrita King – Waterholes

Inherited Talent and Self-confidence

King inherited her Aboriginality from her father, William King Jungala who originate from a Gurindji tribe. These people became known during the 1960’s and 1970’s when the members of their group working at Wave Hill cattle station led a landmark case, the first successful case of that kind in Australia. It is the same self-confidence and individuality that she embodies in her work. Growing up in artistic family, in Darwin at the north, King has been in a close relationship with her roots. Being exposed to the rough climate conditions and adequate landscape, her surrounding provided the themes and inspiration for her paintings.

Her surrounding provided the themes and inspiration for her paintings

Sarrita King - Ancestors
Sarrita King – Ancestors

Reflecting the Energy of Land

Speaking the earth language, she depicts the main elements of life, fire, water, desert, rain and other factors that shaped her creative expression. Her canvases disclose the energy of light and fire trough the universal aesthetic language that allows the viewer to experience the power and pure beauty of the Australian landscape. Depicting the scenes from the Dreamtime stories, she skillfully handles with the colors of nature. Her interesting aesthetic showing a perfect balance between the Indigenous tradition and contemporary painting.

King’s work is a perfect balance between the Indigenous tradition and contemporary painting

Sarrita King - Water
Sarrita King – Water

Spirit of Universality and Success

Spending her childhood in Darwin, she developed special relationship with her Aboriginality that marked her artistic work from early beginnings at the age of sixteen. Now, Sarrita King lives in Adelaide, where she shares the studio with her sister Tarisse King, also a painter. Two artists have been exhibited together in numerous shows. Sarita King’s work is also a part of international art collections and it has a great success on auctions. Playing a netball at a state level and studying journalism at the Univeristy of South Australia, she has many interests and achievements but her art remained her favorite way of communication that enables her to keep her ancestral narrative alive.

Sarrita King lives and works in Adelaide, Australia

Featured image: Portrait of Sarrita King (detail), photo credits
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YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Artist in residence Kate Owen GallerySolo
2014Sarrita & Tarisse King Japingka Gallery, FreemantleDuo
2014Sarrita King: Pop Art Ngarru Gallery, Port DouglasSolo
2014The King Sisters: Pop Art Red Desert Dreamings, MelbourneSolo
2013Artist in residence Ngarru, Port DouglasSolo
2013The King Sisters Japingka Gallery, FreemantleDuo
2012Country of Kings Red Desert Dreamings, MelbourneDuo
2012Art Expo SingaporeGroup
2012Sarrita KingCollaboration Gallery 577, MelbourneSolo
2012Aboriginal Art Butler Goode Gallery, SydneyGroup
2012Contemporary Art Art Curial, ParisGroup
2011Language of the Earth Japingka, Freemantle, WAGroup
2011Connections Gallery 577, MelbourneGroup
2011Big and BoldGallery 577Group
2010Contemporary AuctionArt Curial, FranceGroup
2010Rising Stars, Tarisse & Sarrita KingAboriginal Art Galleries, SydneyDuo
2010The King SistersMason Art GalleryDuo
2010First Artist in ResidenceNewington College, SydneySolo
2010In Our Father's EyesAboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, LADuo
2010Contemporary AuctionArt Curial, FranceGroup
2010Fire & LightningCentral Art, Alice SpringsSolo
2010The King SistersRed Dessert Dreaming Gallery, MelbourneDuo
2010Divas on the Cusp, Art on HastingsNoosa Heads, QueenslandGroup
2010Canterbury Art ExhibitionCanterbury, VictoriaGroup
2009Art Curial auction and exhibitionArt Curial, FranceGroup
2009William, Tarisse & Sarrita King,Aboriginal Art Galleries, SydneyDuo
2009Nov-Kaminabend mit Tarisse & SarritaBrit's Art, Bach-Palenberg, GermanyDuo
2009The King SistersBlue Gum Gallery, QVB, SydDuo
2009The 3 KingsBennelong Gallery, SydGroup
2009The Three KingsKate Owen Gallery, SydneyGroup
2008The KingsFirstlook Gallery, Mel, VicGroup
2008The 3 KingsUlladulla Aboriginal Gallery, SydGroup
2008Aboriginal Art AuctionCustoms House, SydneyGroup
2008Canterbury Art ExhibitionCanterbury, VictoriaGroup
2008The EWB exhibition, 14 exhibitions Across AustraliaGroup
2006Kings ExhibitiionLa Jolla, California, USA Group
2006Katherine Art ExhibtiionKatherineGroup
2006Jungarra ExhibtionCairnsGroup
2006City MobAdelaideGroup

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