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Sarrita King

Born:      Adelaide, 1988

Language:  Gurindji

Region:    Katherine, Northern Territory

 

Sarrita King was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1988.  She spent her youth in Darwin and returned to Adelaide in her teenage years.  She and older sister, Tarisse, who is also an artist, grew up with exposure to the painting of their father, highly regarded Aboriginal artist William King Jungala who passed away in December 2007 at the very young age of only 41.   This was a sad loss not only for his family but also for Australian Aboriginal art.

William was born in Gurindji country near Katherine in the Northern Territory and was a deeply thoughtful man who viewed nature with an artist’s eye.  By the age of 27, he had developed a unique artistic style which led to his work being selected for an exhibition at The Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia,Canada as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations.   He spent most of the last 20 years of this life in Adelaide where Sarrita often visited him.

The King sisters were strongly influenced by their father and became interested in his art and in his unusual technique. Today, they are part of the next generation of highly regarded Aboriginal artists – artists who are influenced by their Aboriginal heritage and the experiences of their people, but who also respond to and wish to represent, the western environment in which they have been raised.

Sarrita continues the Dreamings of her father, her energetic and meticulously executed works representing the Earths elements – wind, rain, lightning and fire. Success came very quickly for Sarrita with her powerful, detailed works garnering the attention of serious collectors around the globe.  She has been included in more than 20 successful Australian and International exhibitions and is represented in Galleries throughout Europe.  Her paintings have been auctioned at the influential Artcurial on Paris’ Champs-Élysées. Sarrita now spends much of her time in a studio she shares with her sister in Adelaide and in addition to her painting and studying (Journalism at the University of South Australia); she is exploring the media of digital documentary making.

Sarrita’s Lightning paintings are a painted memory of the electrical storms in the tropical climate of Darwin. Lightning would crack across the entire sky, creating lines similar to the cracked earth of her father’s Country. With lightning came the furious winds that whipped the dust, rain, heat and magnetic energy into a maelstrom.  Like her father, Sarrita viewed this through an artist’s eye – she would see and retain new patterns and colours each time she witnessed these natural light shows.

Works

Lightening Dreaming 2010 by Sarrita King

Lightening Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

90 x 120 cm

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Language of Earth/My Country, Sarrita and Tarisse King 2011 by Sarrita King

Language of Earth/My Country, Sarrita and Tarisse King

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

90 x 120 cm

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Lightening Dreaming 2012 by Sarrita King

Lightening Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

121 x 92 cm

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Lightening Dreaming 2011 by Sarrita King

Lightening Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

90 x 150 cm

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Lightening Dreaming 2010 by Sarrita King

Lightening Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

90 x 120 cm

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Lightening Dreaming 2012 by Sarrita King

Lightening Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

60 x 90 cm

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