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Nikki Yazxhi

I had the chance to chat with one of the featured artists, Sarrita King, and asked her about her art and what inspires her…

You may have seen my recent post about our Samsung The Frame TV, and how it has completely transformed our living room {below}… t has turned the previously black, blank TV space into a work of art. One of my favourite selections from The Art Store, fitting perfectly in our home, is by indigenous artist Sarrita King. I had the chance to chat with Sarrita to find out more about her work and inspiration…

When did you first start your work as an artist?
I began working as an artist around the same time I moved to Adelaide, right after high school. Then it was more of a hobby, as I only really did it so I could spend time with my sister, Tarisse, and my dad, who were working together in his studio. That would have been the beginning of 2006. It was in 2008 that I began to work full time as an artist, which was after my dad encouraged his manager to show my artworks to the galleries he was visiting.

Was it something you always wanted to do?
Not at all, it wasn’t even a possibility on my radar. I knew my Dad was making artworks, but I never really thought it was something I would be interested in. But spending time with him and hearing his passion for storytelling and connecting with people through the art was contagious. He made the fantasy of being an artist a reality. I guess we both thought we could do it too.

What inspires your art?
My art is inspired by nature and the world around me. Some of my art series is derived from my father’s stories and philosophies while others are inspired by all the travel I have been fortunate to do over the last decade. Growing up in Darwin meant I was spoilt for beautiful landscapes and a wildness to life that informed many of my works. My Lightning series is all about the big storms that roll through the top end and light up the night. Darwin and the Northern Territory of Australia are renowned for their dramatic bi-annual lightning and storm shows. For me, it’s a time to revel in the portents of change, renewal, rebirth and hope.

How long does it take you to create a piece?
Part of my father’s philosophy on creating and connecting was to make sure that anyone who wanted an artwork could afford to have one on their wall. We believe it is our most important job to carry on this mantra, meaning that our works range from very small (30cm x30cm) all the way to larger commissioned works (2 m x 6m). Also, with the range of different styles and series, I create it is almost impossible to give an artwork a timeline. I know that I work full-time hours, sometimes into the night and at the end of the month, I have been able to work on many different pieces, which gives my creative brain the variety it craves.

What art pieces do you have at home?
I am lucky that over the years I have been able to swap my works for some major works of some indigenous masters that I have admired. The core of my collection is made up of Kudditji Kngwarreye, Linda Siddick, and Gloria Petyarre. My most loved and treasured artworks are my father’s artworks, William King Jungala.

Who are your favourite artists?
I have many favourites. Mostly they are other Aboriginal artists, and also Helen McCarthy. She has an amazing range of works and her eye for colour is second to none. I also love the diversity and creativity that Barbara Weir displays in her works. I find I am drawn to artists that I have worked alongside. In my travels, I have been lucky enough to sit and paint with Kudditji, Mitjili Napurrula, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Walangkura Napanangka and Helen McCarthy. These moments are ones I cherish, and it makes me love their works even more.

Moving into other mediums and collaborating off the canvas has also given me an appreciation of different artists. Brian Cush (furniture maker), Basil Hall (printmaker), Tegan Hamilton (glass blower), and Sally Gibbs (mixed media artist), have all played a role in opening my eyes to the possibilities for sharing culture through different artistic avenues.

How did your collaboration with Samsung The Frame come about?
Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to create great connections with galleries so when this opportunity came up, Katy Richfield-Goode, a gallery owner, thought of us and put my name forward. My manager was able to put up some of my artworks for selection. Then Samsung chose two from my lightning series {above}, one early work from 2006 and one from 2016 to be featured on its Art Store for The Frame. It is such an honour to have been selected and to have the opportunity to have my work displayed all around the world. It is truly a continuation of Dad’s vision for our artworks. To be partnered with a global company that is heralding the art and technology movement is one of my greatest achievements thus far. I think it is great that the viewer can also see the evolution of my work in the Lightning series through the two artworks selected by Samsung.

How has that changed your world and your opportunities as an artist?
Being on Samsung’s The Frame means I am now where I would have liked to be in a decade’s time. I have been able to jump ahead by getting into so many more homes. To have my works and my stories connecting with people from across the globe sees our culture spread. I can only hope it gives viewers confidence to look into Aboriginal art and to explore its beauty and diversity.

more Samsung The Frame details

The Frame is available in 43-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch models from Samsung.com.au, Harvey Norman and David Jones.
The customisable bezel is available in three colourways – white, walnut and beige wood.
For more information on The Frame, visit the samsung.com/au/explore/the-frame-tv

{Interior photos: Hunter Key}

*Samsung gifted bellamumma a The Frame, 55-inch with a beige wood frame.
{*bellaMUMMA only collaborates with brands and products she would recommend to her friends!}


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