William King Jungala


This tribute is a dedication from Central Art in memory of this great Australian Aboriginal artist.

The passing of William King Jungala in December 2007 at 41 years old was a sad loss for his family and the Australian Aboriginal Art industry.

William was born in 1966 in the Gurindji country near Katherine in the Northern Territory. In his early years he lived with his Grandfather with whom he spoke of with great love and respect. His Grandfather had travelled widely across the desert and shared his stories with William and became both his mentor and teacher. William returned to his Grandfather's country as a young man to learn more about his Aboriginal heritage.

By the age of 27, William was developing a very unique contemporary art style which led to his work being selected for an exhibition at The Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia, Canada as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations.

William continued to create a large body of work and was exhibited in numerous galleries around Australia and sold internationally.

William was a thoughtful man who looked at nature with an artist's eye combining his Aboriginal heritage into his work.

Central Art was privileged to record a series of interviews with William in 2007 where he explained the significance of his paintings. These interviews can be heard on the links below.

William's daughter Sarita King is also an emerging artist who combines fine abstract works exploring many aspects of nature and reflecting her father's influence.

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