With this sculpture Sarrita wanted to translate her ‘Language of the Earth” story into a 3D object. The choice to use metal is a reflection on the strength and longevity of the Australian Indigenous culture and the stories passed down over the centuries. The rust is a reflection of the age of the markings and long history of these stories.
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 and 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 artwork 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 over 30 exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in many high profile Australian and international art collections and been auctioned several times successfully through Paris’ Art Curial Auction house.
After 3 years living and painting in Canberra, Sarrita and her husband returned back to Darwin in 2017 where she spent most of her childhood and welcomed their first child Steele. In late 2018, her second son Grange was born. At only 32, 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.
• 2013, Channel 9 TV Show “The Block – All Stars”. Large format “Earth Cycles” artwork purchased by Dan and Dani for the kitchen / dining area
• 2014, AFL Indigenous Round, Sarrita was commissioned by the North Melbourne Football Club to paint their 2014 guernsey. It was so popular that the team wore it again the week after the Indigenous round.
• 2015, 2016 and 2017 AFL Indigenous Round. After the success of the 2014 guernsey, Sarrita was invited back by the North Melbourne Football Club to paint their guernseys every year.
• Sarrita & Tarisse King, Cromwell Gallery, Melbourne
• Sarrita & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Sarrita King: Pop Art, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas
• The King Sisters: Pop Art, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
• Artist in Residence, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas
• The King Sisters, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Country of Kings, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
• Art Expo, Singapore
• Collaboration, Gallery 577, Melbourne
• Aboriginal Art, Butler Goode Gallery, Sydney
• Contemporary Art, Art Curial, Paris
• Language of the Earth: Sarrita King, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Connections , First Solo Exhibtion,(Gallery 577, Melbourne)
• Contemporary Auction, (Art Curial, France)
• Rising Stars, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
• The King Sisters, Mason Art Gallery, Darwin
• In Our Father’s Eyes: works by sisters Tarisse and Sarrita King, Aboriginal Dreamtime Art Gallery, Los Angeles
• Contemporary Auction, Art Curial, France
• Fire & Lightning: Sarrita &Tarisse King, Central Art, Alice Springs
• The King Sisters, Red Desert Dreaming Gallery, Hilton, South Melbourne
• Divas on the Cusp, Art on Hastings, Noosa Heads, Queensland
• Art Curial Auction and Exhibition (Art Curial, France)
• William, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
• Kaminabend mit Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galerie, Brit‘s Art, Übach-Palenberg, Germany
• The King Sisters, Blue Gum Gallery, QVB, Sydney
• The Three Kings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
• The Kings, Firstlook Gallery, Melbourne
• The 3 Kings, Ulladulla Aboriginal Gallery, Sydney
• Aboriginal Art Auction, Customs House, Sydney
• Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury, Victoria
• The EWB exhibition, 14 exhibitions across Australia
• Kings Exhibition, La Jolla, California, USA
• Katherine Art Exhibition, Katherine, NT
• Jungarra Exhibition, Cairns, QLD