William King Jungala
William King Jungala Biography
William King Jungala was born in Katherine located 300km south of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. William passed on Dec 2nd 2007, but his imagination still lives on through his art. His daughters Tarisse & Sarrita King still continue his exploration for connection to all things through art.
During early childhood William spent the majority of his time with his father, (of the Waanyi tribe) who acted as both a teacher and mentor in many aspects of life. However, it was his grandfather (of the Gurindji tribe) who having had travelled extensively across the coun¬try and developed a close connection with the land passed down his stories and vast des¬ert knowledge to this young man. Initially inspired by these teachings William began sketch¬ing and painting at a very young age and since has been painting commercially since 1994.
William would draw upon those earlier teachings of Aboriginal traditional painting styles to create a foundation on which his own life experiences and personal philosophies developed.
In 2005 William said, ‘My many experiences in life do define who I am today. I have been privileged to have had people in my life who define my love of life. I will say in ob¬serving my own life journey I have evolved from a very instinctive boy of little complex¬ity to a man who is constantly looking for the ultimate formula for the human condition’
William always encouraged other to find connection with the world, life and people around them.. He often used his art as a medium for himself and others, explaining ‘My life is not about clichés. I demand evolution of myself and that to me is letting all my senses taste my environment completely, not necessar¬ily intellectually breaking it down. I hope my art captures the intensity in which I see my beautiful world.’
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