Artist: Tarisse King
Title: My Country
Size: 30 x 30 cm
The My Country Series
Once again the Katherine region is the source of inspiration in this stunning series. Tarisse takes the historic cultural places where her ancestors walked and lived and uses them as centrepieces for these astonishing pieces. The rivers, rock holes, tracks, billabongs, shelters and more, proliferate within the landscape and Tarisse captures these indigenous icons in detailed and careful ways to produce a canvas where ancient views merge with contemporary freshness.
Tarisse King - Bio
BORN: Adelaide, SA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Gurindji
COMMUNITY: Katherine, NT
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 are the main influences 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 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 the 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 and paints in a her home studio while looking after her three children.
She has been included in numerous exhibitions, is represented in galleries in every Australian state, included in many high profile Australian and international art collections, been auctioned successfully through Paris's Art Curial Auction houset. 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.
Tarisse and her sister Sarrita have been chosen by BMW Australia to provide their art work on their new building in Rushcutters Bay, NSW opening in December 2018.
Major Exhibitions & Collections
2014, Aug- Sarrita & Tarisse King Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2014, April - The King Sisters: Pop Art Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
2013, June- Major Auction Castor Hara, Paris
2013, Mar- Art Hong Kong Hong Kong
2013, Feb- The King Sisters Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2012,Nov - Country of Kings Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
2012, Nov- Art Expo Singapore
2012, Oct - Collaboration Gallery 577, Melbourne
2012, Aug- Aboriginal Art Butler Goode Gallery, Sydney
2012, March- Contemporary Art Art Curial, Paris
2011, Nov- Language of the Earth Japingka, Freemantle, WA
2011, Oct - Contemporary Art (Art Curial, France)
2011, Feb- Connections , First Solo Exhibition (Gallery 577, Melbourne)
2010, Nov- Contemporary Auction (Art Curial, France)
2010, - Rising Stars, Tarisse & Sarrita King (Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney)
2010, Aug- The King Sisters (Mason Art Gallery)
2010,- First Artist in Residence (Newington College, Sydney)
2010, - In Our Father's Eyes: (Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, LA)
2010, Jul - Contemporary Auction (Art Curial, France)
2010, April- Fire & Lightning (Central Art, Alice Springs)
2010, Feb- The King Sisters (Red Dessert Dreaming Gallery, Mel)
2009, Nov- Art Curial auction and exhibition (Art Curial, France)
2009, Sep- William, Tarisse & Sarrita King, (Aboriginal Art Galleries, Sydney)
2009, Nov-Kaminabend mit Tarisse & Sarrita (Brit's Art, �bach-Palenberg, Germany)
2009- The King Sisters (Blue Gum Gallery, QVB, Syd)
2009- The 3 Kings (Bennelong Gallery, Syd)
2009, May- The Three Kings. (Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney)
2008, Aug-The Kings (Firstlook Gallery, Mel, Vic)
2008, April-The 3 Kings (Ulladulla Aboriginal Gallery, Syd)
2006, Aug-Kings Exhibition (La Jolla, California, USA)
2013, Port Douglas Ngarru Gallery
2011, Big and Bold (Gallery 577)
2010, Divas on the Cusp, Art on Hastings. (Noosa Heads, Queensland)
2010, Canterbury Art Exhibition, (Canterbury, Victoria)
2008, Aboriginal Art Auction, (Customs House, Sydney)
2008, Canterbury Art Exhibition, (Canterbury, Victoria)
2008, The EWB exhibition, (14 exhibitions across Australia)
2006, Katherine Art Exhibition, (Katherine, N,T)
2006, Jungarra Exhibition, (Cairns, Qld)
2006, City Mob, (Adelaide, SA)