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Tarisse King & Sarrita King / My Country’s Story III

99cm x 55cm x 12cm, Metal – Patina, Black and Silver, Free Delivery within Australia Only

SKU: TKSK-20003

$4,990.00

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With this sculpture Tarisse & Sarrita wanted to translate their collaboration ‘My Country’s 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 natural tarnish and rust is a reflection of the age of the markings and long history of these stories.

 

Tarisse King was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 4th September 1986.  She is the older sister to fellow artist, Sarrita King and daughter to the late highly regarded artist, William King Jungala (1966 – 2007).

Tarisse 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.  Like her forefathers, Tarisse is an assertive individual who is determined to communicate the inseparable connection she and her ancestors have with the Australian land.

Tarisse spent the majority of her youth in Darwin, a unique city in northern Australia that is subject to extreme weather conditions; from torrential rain and cyclones in the Wet Season to oppressive and immobilising heat in the Dry Season.  This climatic impact is seen in her artwork but it was also the road trips she travelled between Darwin, Katherine and Adelaide, where her father resided, that she reflects on most in her paintings.  The journey of 3027 kilometers, right through the heart of Australia, reveals extreme expanses of varying landscapes and provided Tarisse with the isolation and time to develop a unique perception of the land which can be seen in her paintings such as Pink Salts and My Country – Tracks and Rivers.

Moving to Adelaide at the age of 16, it was her involvement with her father’s art that lead Tarisse to experiment with her own designs and techniques, resulting in a definable style of her own.  Drawing on the Central and Western Desert Aboriginal dotting style of painting the land topographically, Tarisse captures a complex and varied soul of the land.

In homage to her father, her adaptation of Earth Images defines Australia as if looking from outer space back to land; the viewer is given a heightened feeling of drifting above the earth.  Then, in her series, My Country Tarisse composes 40,000 year old Aboriginal iconography of song lines, dots and circles to create a bold and contemporary aesthetic and provides yet another more detailed perspective on the landscape.  Finally, Pink Salts, lowers the viewer back down to earth and immerses one in the surreal and luminous pink sunsets over the great salt lakes in the centre of Australia.  In all of Tarisse’s artworks, she contemporises the ancient and allows the present day viewer an accessible moment to consider the past.

Tarisse now lives in New Zealand with her husband and paints in her home studio while looking after her 3 little daughters.  At the age of 33, she is a full time artist.  She has been included in over 20 exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in many high profile Australian and international art collections and been auctioned successfully through Paris’ Art Curial.  With so many accolades to her name at such a young age, Tarisse’s potential to build on an already outstanding career is more than promising.

Major Exhibitions

2014

• Sarrita & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Perth

• The King Sisters: Pop Art, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne

2013

• The King Sisters, Japingka Gallery, Perth

• Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong

• Major Auction, Castor Hara, Paris

2012

• 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

2011

• Language of the Earth Japingka Gallery, Perth

• Connections , Gallery 577, Melbourne

• Contemporary Art, Art Curial, Paris

2010

• 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

• Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury, Victoria

2009

• 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 3 Kings, Bennelong Gallery, Sydney

• The Three Kings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2008

• 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

2006

• Kings Exhibition, La Jolla, California, USA

• Katherine Art Exhibition, Katherine, NT

• Jungarra Exhibition, Cairns, QLD

 

 

This style is a collaborative combining Tarisse’s My Country style and Sarrita’s Language of the Earth style. The painting shows the tearing away of the land, specifically areas around Katherine to reveal the Earth’s story. The history of the land where we come from connects us to our family, our culture and all living things. Sarrita seeks to express her impression of the land and some of its stories. The symbols within the painting are patterns for the viewer to connect with but the layout of the painting has its own story.

Tarisse King | My Country
Driven to map the country around Katherine, where her ancestors once walked, Tarisse depicts land formations such as rivers, rock holes, billabongs, shelters, tracks and food sources. In this series, Tarisse visually explores the way her ancestors interacted and lived with the environment.

Tarisse composes traditional Aboriginal iconography in sharp white lines, circles, arcs and dots often upon a single colour canvas to create a bold aesthetic that has a foot in the contemporary art aesthetic and the traditional. Song lines that ancestors once walked run across the canvas in different directions, the spaces created by this are filled with concentric circles representing different family clans or ‘life forces’, symbols for food and shelter. Well balanced, the canvas has a graphic look and a contemporary feel, indicative of Tarisse’s ability to make the ancient appear new.

Sarrita King | Language of the Earth
This is the earth’s story. It is also the story of black and white upon the land and the history we have created and carved into it by our interactions with one another. The intersections of black and white culture and how they meet, creating a narrative in the land and in history, and then moving on in their individual and collaborative journeys are abstractly depicted. These paintings thematically diverge from Sarrita’s elemental inspired series. In an abstract way Sarrita references the iconography of the Tingari creation ancestors with her use of strong rectangles. These are then given body with dots and dashes, similar to Morse code. These symbols of communication are haunting in their familiarity, like an ancient language that was once known but now sits dormant at the back of one’s memory. The overall aesthetic is bold and assertive, and just like much iconography in Aboriginal cultures, the ancient now appears contemporary.

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