Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre
Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre was born c1953, in Santa Theresa Mission, east of Alice Springs Northern Territory. After marrying Robin Petyarre, brother of Gloria Petyarre, they moved to the Utopia area.
Although she is more commonly known as Josie Petrick, her name is actually Josepha and prefers to use that name.
Josie starting painting on canvas around 1990 and has had a long and established career. Her unique use of colour makes her works bright and colourful and fantastic to look at.
She paints the Bush Plum Dreaming from her father’s country. The bush plum in her paintings is represented through intricate dot work in reds, blues and oranges. These colours signify the various ripening stages of the bush plum. She also paints Awelye, Women’s Ceremonial Body Paint.
Josie spends most of her time in the Harts Range area, north east of Alice Springs.
She has had numerous exhibitions which include the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC, Embassy of Australia in New York, United Nations in New York and several local exhibitions run by major galleries.
2006 Shalom College, University of New South Wales
Charles Sturt University Collection
Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia Artbank, Sydney
2008 Josie Petrick: Bush Berry Dreaming, Aranda Art, Melbourne
2006 Women’s Show, Boscia Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2006 Aboriginal Artists from the Western and Central Desert, Without Pier Gallery, Chelthenham, Victoria
2005 Wellington Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2003 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Embassy Australia, Washington, U.S.A
2000 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
1999 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
1997 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
1996 Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Melbourne