Sarrita King - Waterholes (60 x 150 cm)
Artist: Sarrita King
Size: 60 x 150 cm
Stretched and ready to hang.
Sarrita paints the naturally occurring waterholes she remembers travelling around Alice Springs and Katherine. The scarcity of drinking water in certain regions means specific knowledge of where these waterholes are located, as well as their preservation methods,is paramount to survival. Today, Aborigines speak of where waterholes once were as many of them have dried up due to drought or diminished maintenance.
When Sarrita travelled to see the waterholes with her father she saw many of them dried up and this is what she paints. Represented by the concentric circles, the waterholes are fed by underground streams pushing through land and rock. Sarrita shows these streams by ribbons of wavy lines intricately entwined across the canvas as muddy and dried ochre colours, just as she experienced them.
BORN: Adelaide, SA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Gurindji
COMMUNITY: Katherine, NT
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 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 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 more seasonable and well-timed.
Sarrita has been included in numerous exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in many high profile Australian and international art collections and been auctioned many times successfully through Paris's Art Curial Auction house.
After 3 years living and painting in Canberra, Sarrita has returned to Darwin, where she spent most of her childhood. Although young, 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.
Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Awards and Recognition:
2019 Sarrita's and Tarisse's artwork chosen to decorate the BMW flag ship store in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Their artwork design has been wrapped around the building.
2017 Artist Artwork selected to be featured on Samsung's The Frame
2014 Pommery Champagne Pop Art Series Labels
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2016 Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2014 Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2014 Sarrita King: Pop Art, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas
2013 Artist in residence, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas
2011 Connections: First Solo Exhibition, Gallery 577, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2021 Top Ten Artists 2020, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Sounds of Summer, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2020 60 by 60 - Small Paintings, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2020 Director's Choice 2020, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Top Ten - Our Most Popular Artists 2019, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 Sarrita and Tarisse King, Art Mark Gallery, Canberra
2019 Tarisse King & Sarrita King, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 Sarrita and Tarisse King, Art Mark Gallery, Canberra
2018 Artist in Residency, Basil Hall Editions, Canberra
2017 Gems from the Stockroom, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2017 Ancestors, Elements, Heritage, Sarrita King & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2016 Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong
2015 King Sisters Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2014 Sarrita & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2014 The King Sisters: Pop Art, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
2013 The King Sisters, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2012 Country of Kings, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
2012 Art Expo, Singapore
2012 Collaboration, Gallery 577, Melbourne
2012 Aboriginal Art, Butler Goode Gallery, Sydney
2012 Contemporary Art, Art Curial, Paris
2011 Language of the Earth, Japingka, Fremantle, WA
2011 Big and Bold, Gallery 577, Melbourne
2010 Divas on the Cusp, Art on Hastings, Noosa Heads
2010 Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury
2010 Rising Stars, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
2010 The King Sisters, Mason Gallery, Darwin
2010 First Artist in Residence, Newington College, Sydney
2010 In Our Father's Eyes, Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Los Angeles
2010 Fire & Lightning, Central Art, Alice Springs
2010 The King Sisters, Red Desert Dreaming Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Art Curial Auction and Exhibition, Art Curial, France
2009 William, Tarisse & Sarrita King, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney
2009 Kaminabend mit Tarisse & Sarrita, Brit's Art, Uebach-Palenberg
2009 The King Sisters, Blue Gum Gallery, Sydney
2009 The 3 Kings, Bennelong Gallery, Sydney
2009 The Three Kings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008 Canterbury Art Exhibition, Canterbury
2008 The EWB exhibition, 14 exhibitions across Australia
2008 The Kings, Firstlook Gallery, Melbourne
2008 The 3 Kings, Ulladulla Aboriginal Gallery, Sydney
2006 Kings Exhibition, La Jolla
2006 Katherine Art Exhibition, Katherine
2006 Jungarra Exhibition, Cairns
2006 City Mob, Adelaide
Art rental is available for this painting at 5% per month.