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 landscapes. Sarrita spent most of her youth 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 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 her own. Depicting these elements in her paintings, Sarrita provides a visual articulation of the earth’s language.
In 2013 Sarrita King designed the POP edition bottle for Pommery Champagne. Each of the miniature champagne bottles (20 cl) represents a natural element central to Aboriginal culture, such as water, air or fire. Sarrita King created these original designs, which feature the concentric black and white lines that are a distinct hallmark of the paintings of her ancestors.
2020 ORIGINS, Australian Aboriginal Art from the SmithDavidson Collection', SmithDavidson Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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