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Susan Te Kahurangi King

Susan Te Kahurangi King (b. 1951, Te Aroha, New Zealand) is an artist living in Auckland, New Zealand, whose work has begun to receive worldwide attention for its innovative and expressive approach to drawing. As a young child, King stopped speaking and has since been diagnosed as severely autistic. Her gifts as an artist were recognised by her family at an early age but would take decades before gaining broader recognition. In some of her earliest drawings, the artist’s undulating lines coalesce into appropriated cartoon characters, in works that predate pop art. King’s work is in numerous public collections, both local and international, including The Philadelphia Art Museum. In 2016 the American Folk Art Museum created a fellowship in her name and ICA Miami presented the first museum exhibition of Kings’s work, accompanied by a substantial monograph.