The King Family Aboriginal Artists
William King Jungala, Sarrita and Tarisse King
William King Jungala
William King was born in 1968 in Katherine, south of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. His skin name Jungala of the Gurindji tribe. He developed his inspiration from where he was born. He spent majority of his time with his father (of the Waanyi tribe) and grandfather (of the Gurindji tribe) during his early childhood, who acted as both a teacher and advisor in many aspects of life.
At 18, William relocated to Adelaide where he studied and finished an apprenticeship in carpentry. His heart was always with painting so returned to his love of art and began painting solely in 1994.
In his early years he also lived with his Grandfather (of the Gurindji tribe) with whom he spoke of with great love and respect. His Grandfather had travelled widely across the desert and shared his stories with William and became both his mentor and teacher.
He and his grandfather travelled Australia and developed a close connection with the land and passed down his stories and immense desert knowledge to William.
William revisited his Grandfather’s country as a youth to learn more about his Aboriginal heritage.
By the age of 27 William was developing a unique contemporary art style. In 1994 this 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.
William passed on Dec 2nd, 2007, his daughters Tarisse and Sarrita King continue his exploration for connection to all things through art.
William endeavoured to create an enormous collection of artwork which exhibited in countless galleries around Australia and sold worldwide. William looked at nature with an artist’s eye linking his Aboriginal culture into his work.
His technique was a mixture of contemporary, urban style and traditional Aboriginal painting. His vast, comprehensive philosophy of the ‘endless horizons’ enabled him to never be without subject matter.
He painted in circular motion because he believed nothing had a beginning or end. The depth and intensity of his famous artwork still amazes and commands incredible respect from art lovers’ worldwide.
William’s daughters Tarisse (born 1996) and Sarita (born 1998) are also extremely talented artists whom incorporate their fine abstract works exploring many facets of nature and echoing their father’s influence.
William was able to express the philosophies of his people that lead him to create such magnificent paintings. He incorporated symbolic portrayals of four elements, fire, air, earth, and the wind. His expressionism and meticulous paintings were an ode to living in harmony with natural forces. This he learnt from his father, grandfather about life and living. His daughters, Tarisse and Sarrita have in turn been taught all this from him, resulting in their incredible painting skills and creative talent they have today. Both girls today have amazing careers in Aboriginal Art.