Sarrita King was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1988, the younger sister of fellow artist Tarisse King, and daughter of the highly regarded late artist, William King Jungala (1966 – 2007). Sarrita inherits her Australian Aboriginality from her father, a Gurindji man from the Northern Territory.
Sarrita grew up in Darwin in the Northern Territory, where her connections to her Aboriginality and her land were nurtured. Experiences of extreme weather and primal landscape have provided the artistic themes for her work from the time she began painting at sixteen. Sandhills, lightning, thunderstorms, torrential rain, fire and desert are among the environmental factors that shaped her forefather’s lives and also her own.
In painting these elements, Sarrita provides her personal visual articulation of the earth’s language. Stylistically, Sarrita King uses traditional Aboriginal techniques and iconography incorporating alone with them unorthodox techniques inherited from her father, as well as techniques developed through her own practice.
Sarrita King‘s art, a fusion of the past and present and a projection towards the future, represents the next generation of artists who have been infl uenced both by their indigenous history and their current Western upbringing.
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