Tarisse King

Tarisse King

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DOB: 4 Sept 1986
Born: Adelaide, SA
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.

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 house. 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 now lives in New Zealand and paints in a her home studio while looking after her three children.


Awards and Recognition

2019 Sarrita's and Tarisse's artwork was chosen to decorate the BMW flag ship store in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Their artwork design has been wrapped around the building.
2014 Pommery Champagne Pop Art Series Labels


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 Connections, Gallery 577, Melbourne
2010 Artist in Residence, Newington College, Sydney

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 Top Ten - Our Most Popular Artists 2019, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
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 Landscape Colours, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2019 Small is Beautiful, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2018 Sarrita and Tarisse King, East Hotel, Canberra
2018 Artist in Residency, Basil Hall Editions, Canberra
2017 Ancestors, Elements, Heritage, Sarrita King & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2015 King Sisters Artist in Residence, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2014 Sarrita & Tarisse King, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2014 The King Sisters: Pop Art, Red Desert Dreamings, Melbourne
2013 Artist in Residence, Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas
2013 Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2013 The King Sisters, Japingka Gallery, Perth
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, Perth
2011 Contemporary Art, Art Curial, Paris
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 Art Gallery, Darwin
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, Übach-Palenberg
2009 The King Sisters, Blue Gum Gallery, Sydney
2009 The 3 Kings, Bennelong Gallery, Sydney
2009 The Three Kings, 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