Although Susan doesn’t speak with words, much of her world is shared through extraordinary drawings.
Born in New Zealand in 1951, by the time she was five, King had already shown signs of talent as a young artist. At around that time her ability to speak was in decline and soon to be lost. Over the years she drew prolifically until the early 1990s, when in a depressed state, she left drawing completely. In 2008, almost twenty years later, she miraculously resumed her work, picking up where she left off. Since then, King has continued her remarkable output of drawings in graphite, pencil, crayon, ink, and pens of various types. Intense, whimsical, wide-ranging, and haunting, her references and subjects dare us to interpret them in any logical way.
We are proud to announce the acquisition by The Museum of Modern Art of three works by Susan Te Kahurangi King. Gratitude to Chris Byrne for his dedication....read more
New short documentary by Brian Chidester and John Winer. Features as episode four of Art Ephemera TV. Thank you to Chris Byrne, American Folk Art Museum, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Marlborough Contemporary and Petita Cole. Special thanks to Brian Chidester and John Winer....read more
Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings 2008-2018, curated by Chris Byrne, will be at Marlborough Contemporary in London, 28 June to 28 July 2018. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to the artist’s post-2008 work and her second show in the gallery’s London space....read more