• An untitled drawing by Susan Te Kahurangi King, dated 2017, depicting colorful, abstracted forms covered in stickers of Disney characters.

    Susan Te Kahurangi King

    Untitled, 2017

    Ink on found paper, with pre-existing Disney transfers applied by sibling c. 1970s

    20 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches

  • An untitled drawing by Susan Te Kahurangi King, dated c. 1965-70, showing a sun-like face, hands, stars, and other faces in a landscape of abstracted forms. Graphite and colored pencil in blue, purple, orange, and pink is used throughout.

    Susan Te Kahurangi King

    Untitled, c. 1965-70

    Graphite and colored pencil on found paper

    11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

  • An untitled drawing by Susan Te Kahurangi King, dated c. 1967-70, showing Daffy Duck gesturing to an abstracted continuation of colorful forms.

    Susan Te Kahurangi King

    Untitled, c. 1967-70

    Graphite and colored pencil on paper

    2 1/2 x 5 inches

  • An untitled drawing by Susan Te Kahurangi King, dated c. 1969-75, depicting graphite-drawn, abstracted forms pouring through three pencil-drawn columns. Colorful forms appear sparingly, pushing and pulling the frames.

    Susan Te Kahurangi King

    Untitled, c. 1969-75

    Graphite, colored pencil and pastel on found paper

    12 1/2 x 10 inches

  • An untitled drawing by Susan Te Kahurangi King, dated c. 1975-79, depicting a landscape of flowing lines interrupted by gnome-like creatures perching and swimming or kicking their legs.

    Susan Te Kahurangi King

    Untitled, c. 1975-79

    Graphite on paper

    11 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches

  • An untitled drawing by Susan Te Kahurangi King, dated c. 1969-75, depicting colorful, abstracted forms pouring through two of three pencil-drawn columns.

    Susan Te Kahurangi King

    Untitled, c. 1969-75

    Graphite, colored pencil, crayon and pastel on found paper

    12 1/2 x 10 inches

  • An untitled drawing by Susan Te Kahurangi King, dated c. 1970s, depicting nine colorful dwarf-like creatures climbing down an abstracted graphite landscape, dotted with patterns, figures, and ladders.

    Susan Te Kahurangi King

    Untitled, c. 1970s

    Graphite and colored pencil on found paper

    13 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Automatic Drawing
Susan Te Kahurangi King
Ruttkowski;68, Paris
2023

Untitled
Susan Te Kahurangi King
Te Uru, Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
2023

Susan Te Kahurangi King: Survey 1956-2022
Ruttkowski;68, Düsseldorf
2022

Nga Pikitia o Susan Te Kahurangi King
Robert Heald Gallery
2021

In Colour
Susan Te Kahurangi King
Robert Heald Gallery
2019

Little, Little, Big
Susan Te Kahurangi King
Morrinsville Gallery
2019

Susan Te Kahurangi King: 1958–2018
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
2019

Little, Little, Big
Susan Te Kahurangi King
The Arts House Trust, Auckland
2018

Drawings 2008–2018
Susan Te Kahurangi King
Marlborough Contemporary, London
2018

Drawings 1960–1970
Susan Te Kahurangi King
Robert Heald Gallery
2017

Susan Te Kahurangi King
Marlborough Contemporary, London
2017

Drawings 1975–1989
Andrew Edlin Gallery
2016

Susan Te Kahurangi King
ICA Miami
2016

Drawings 1975–1980
Susan Te Kahurangi King
Robert Heald Gallery
2015

From the One I Call My Own (w/ Shannon Te Ao)
City Gallery
2015

Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings From Many Worlds
Andrew Edlin Gallery
2014

Introducing Susan Te Kahurangi King
The High Seas
2010

Selected Group Exhibitions

Sydney Contemporary
Robert Heald Gallery
2023

Playdate: Susan Te Kahurangi King and Philip Emde, Ruttkowski;68, New York
2023

Tokyo Genda
Nanzuka Underground
2023

Unison
West Space Melbourne
2023

2022
Art Antwerp
Ruttkowski;68
2022

Art Cologne
Ruttkowski;68
2022

Aotearoa Art Fair
APS Editions
2022

Vienna Contemporary
Ruttkowski;68
2022

Fantasmagoriana
Lofoten International Art Festival
2022

The Vagaries of Lingo (w/ Bill Hammond)
Robert Heald Gallery
2022

Axolotl Tank
Jack Hanley Gallery
2022

MULTITUDES
American Folk Art Museum
2022

Art Basel, Miami Beach
Andrew Edlin Gallery
2021

Prismatic Minds
Flowers Gallery
2021

Parallel Phenomena: Works on Paper by Carroll Dunham, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Gladys Nilsson and Peter Saul
Andrew Edlin Gallery
2021

An Alternative Canon: Art Dealers Collecting Outsider Art
Andrew Edlin Gallery
2020

Brittle Star
Robert Heald Gallery
2020

Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago
MCA Chicago
2020

Good Luck
Shrine
2020

Dream Baby Dream
Haus Mödrath
2020

Collectouples
New York Academy of Art
2020

One hundred drawings
Matthew Marks Gallery
2019

Happy!
NSU Art Museum
2019

Under the Spell of the Image
The approach
2019

Malmö Sessions
Carl Kostyál
2019

The Doors of Perception
Frieze
2019

Drawn Together Again
The FLAG Art Foundation
2019

Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic
The American Folk Art Museum
2018

Looking Back / The 11th White Columns Annual
White Columns
2017

All Lines Converge
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
2017

Spring 1883
Robert Heald Gallery, The Hotel Windsor
2017

World Builders
The Dowse
2015

We will begin by drawing, we shall continue to draw, and then we shall draw some more
Tim Van Laere Gallery
2015

dRAW
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
2015

Moving Pictures: Early Animation and Its Influence
Sun Valley Center for the Arts
2015

Out of Order
Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato
2015

Interfaces: Outsider Art and the Mainstream
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2015

Shit Like Hair
White Flag Projects
2014

Promenades
Robert Heald Gallery
2014

PURPLE STATES
Andrew Edlin Gallery
2014

Secret Garden
Hastings City Art Gallery
2012

Local Knowledge
MADmusée
2012

Look, Know
Robert Heald Gallery
2012

Susan Te Kahurangi King was born in 1951 in Te Aroha, New Zealand. The second eldest of twelve children, she began drawing from a young age. King’s artistic abilities only increased with time; her teachers remarked on her renderings of complicated figures and her ability to concentrate on drawing for hours at a time. At five years old, King’s speech began to decline, and by the age of seven she had stopped speaking entirely. As her speech lessened, King’s commitment to drawing only increased. Even at seven years old, she was prolific and showed great promise as an artist.

In 1960, King’s family moved to Auckland for King to attend a newly established IHC school for children with learning disabilities, which she attended for almost three decades. Into adulthood, King developed a mode of deconstructing and expanding figures, incorporating characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Cruella de Vil into elaborate, multi-planar scenes. She continued to make drawings until the early 1990s, when, during a difficult period, she stopped drawing altogether.

After almost two decades, King recommenced her work in 2008. Encouraged by renewed interest in her drawings and the upcoming production of Dan Salmon’s documentary, “Pictures of Susan,” she began making work in conversation with her final drawings of the nineties. In a matter of months, King had her first solo exhibition at Callan Park, Sydney, curated by Peter Faye. She swiftly went on to exhibit in Auckland, New York, and Paris, presenting her first museum exhibition at the ICA Miami in 2016. In 2018, she was awarded a Fellowship with the American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY). In 2024, MARCH will exhibit a solo presentation of King’s work at Independent, New York, followed by a solo exhibition at the gallery: The Inevitable Dissolution of Mickey Mouse.

King’s work resides in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY), the Chartwell Collection at Auckland Art Gallery (Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand), The Arts Trust House (Auckland, New Zealand), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA). She lives and works in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Download full CV

The Brooklyn Rail
2023
Susan Te Kahurangi King & Philip Emde: Playdate
By Amanda Millet-Sorsa

ARTnews Aotearoa
Winter 2022
Susan Te Kahurangi King – Automatic Drawing
By Lachlan Taylor

VAULT
February–April 2021
Susan King, Address Unknown
By Robert Leonard

The Brooklyn Rail
June 2021
Parallel Phenomena: Works on Paper by Carroll Dunham, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Gladys Nilsson and Peter Saul,
By Annabel Keenan

The New York Review of Books
June 7, 2018
Daydream Kingdoms
By Sanford Schwartz

The New York Times
January 18, 2018
The Outsider Fair Once More Confirms That Art is Everywhere
By Roberta Smith

Bookforum
April/May 2017
In Their Own Worlds
By Albert Mobilio

The Guardian
May 31, 2017
Silent witness: the outsider art of Susan Te Kahurangi King
By Paula Cocozza

Hyperallergic
July 7, 2017
The Joys and Terrors of an Outsider Artist
By Patrick Price

The New Yorker
October 30, 2016
Susan Te Kahurangi King
By The New Yorker

Artforum
December 2016
Susan Te Kahurangi King
By Emily Hall

W Magazine
February 2, 2015
Outstanding Outsiders
By Kat Herriman

Art in America,
March 13, 2015
Susan Te Kahurangi King
By Faye Hirsch

Vulture
May 13, 2014
Seeing Out Loud: The Best Things I Saw at Frieze New York and the Outsider Art Fair
By Jerry Saltz

Art in America
May 9, 2014
In Step with the Outsiders: The Outsider Art Fair
By David Ebony

The New York Times
May 8, 2014
Unorthodox, Maybe, but Scarcely on the Fringe
By Karen Rosenberg,

Hyperallergic
May 3, 2014
Outsider Art Preview: Blurred Categories and Fairs Big and Small
By Edward M. Gómez

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