Meet the Artist

Tarisse King

Tarisse King




Skin name



Northern Territory

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.

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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.

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 Singapore2012 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)

Group Exhibitions
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, S.A)


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