Sarrita King

DOB: 1988
Born: Adelaide,South Australlia
Language Gurundji

About Artist:

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 thematic 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 fore father'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 taught to her by her father as well as self developed techniques. Her art is a fusion of past, present and future and represents the next generation of artists who have been influenced by both their indigenous past 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 timelier.

Until recently, Sarrita painted in her father's studio in Adelaide with her sister but she now resides in Canberra and meets up with Tarisse for painting workshops regularly in Melbourne. She has been included in over 20 exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, is included in many high profile Australian and international art collections, has been auctioned successfully through Paris' Artcurial and is about to embark on an exhibition tour of the USA in 2012. Tali Gallery organised for her to be the first Artist in Residence at Newington College in Stanmore where she is now an Ambassador for their Indigenous Bursary; to be the face of the fundraising program for the Indigenous Scholarship Scheme at International Grammar School in Sydney and also the 'face' of the Greek Festival of Sydney which sought to recognise the First Australians by including Indigenous culture in the 30th Anniversary program in 2012.

Sarrita is an Artist Spokesperson for the Royalty Resale Scheme and has hosted a television program about Aboriginal Art, also appearing on The Apprentice with her sister as artists the apprentices went on to successfully promote. As a young woman, Sarrita King has many personal achievements but it is her desire to visually communicate her inspiration, the land, which keeps her ancestral narrative alive and also allows her to interpret its relevance to society currently - even those living in urban environments.