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JOSIE PETRICK KEMARRE

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BORN: c 1953
REGION:
Eastern Desert?
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre?


Josie Petrick Kemarre Josie Petrick Kemarre was born at Santa Teresa Mission, c.1953.
Josie commenced painting about 1990 and has since attained a high degree of sophistication in the interpretation of Traditional Women's Stories.

Josie bases her artworks on the native plants of her homeland and her favorite bush tucker species at various stages of their growth, her paintings intimately associated with Womenís Awelye (ceremony/dancing) and Womenís Dreamings are rendered in two quite distinctively different styles.

Her aerial depictions of Bush Tucker Dreamings featuring overlapping dot work, entail only a semblance of Aboriginal iconography, while in her Womenís Dreamingís each row of dots is rendered in a different colour with the inclusion of iconic womens symbols.

Josie Petrick is one of the DESERT ART CENTRES closest friends and, we always enjoy spending time with her on her homelands, hunting and sitting around the fire sipping 'billy tea'.

Collections:
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Holmes a Court Collection
  • Charles Sturt University Collection
  • Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
  • Artbank, Sydney
Exhibitions:
  • 1996, Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Melbourne
  • 1997, 1999, 2000, Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
  • 2001, Embassy Australia, Washington, USA
  • 2003, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2006, Shalom Gamarada Art Exhibition