Artist: Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre
Skin name: Kemarre
Language group: Arrernte
Area: Harts Range, Central Australia
AIAM career rank: 127
Born Josepha Kemarre, Josie Petrick Kemarre grew up at Santa Teresa Mission, approximately 80kms SE of Alice Springs. Although having grown up with the presence of a western culture, Josie still lived a mostly traditional life, collecting bush foods, and participating in customary ceremonies. After having married her husband, Robin Petyarre (deceased), in a bush marriage, they both moved to Mt Swan in the Utopia region, approximately 270km NE of Alice Springs. (Robin is brother to renowned artist, Gloria Petyarre). It was here that they raised seven children of their own and also one of her nephews. In 1990, Josie first tried her hand at painting acrylic on canvas. She has since continued this art, painting for various galleries around Australia.
Josie paints the Bush Plum Dreaming from her father’s country. Josie is well travelled, where her art has taken her to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Josie now shares her time living between Alice Springs and Harts Range. She rarely visits Utopia anymore although some of her children continue to live out there.