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Josepha Petrick Kemarre

Josepha Petrick Kemarre

Josepha Petrick Kemarre

Born: 1955

Language Group: Arrernte (Aranda)

Country: Atitjera (Harts Range), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Angkwerrpme (Mistletoe)

Josepha was born and grew up at Santa Teresa Mission, approximately 80kms South East of Alice Springs. Although having grown up with the presence of a western culture, Josepha still lived a mostly traditional life, collecting bush foods and participating in customary ceremonies.
In 1990, Josepha first tried her hand at painting acrylic on canvas. She has since continued this art, painting for various galleries around Australia. In June 2008, she painted her first paintings for Mbantua Gallery and we are thrilled to now have her on board.
Josepha paints the Bush Plum Dreaming from her father's country. The bush plum grows throughout Central Australia. The fruit isn't large but looks like a grape and is sweet to eat. Josepha represents the bush plum in her paintings through intricate dot work commonly found in reds, blues and oranges. These colours signify the various ripening stages of the bush plum. Josepha is well travelled; her art has taken her to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Josepha 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.
Collections
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Charles Sturt University Collection
Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia
Artbank, Sydney, NSW
Exhibitions
1996
Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
1997
Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne, VIC
1999
Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne, VIC
2000
Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne, VIC
2001
Embassy Australia, Washington, USA
2003
Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2005
Wellington Gallery, Hong Kong
2006
Aboriginal Artists from the Western and Central Desert, Without Pier Gallery, Chelthenham, VIC
2006
Women's Show, Boscia Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008
Josie Petrick: Bush Berry Dreaming, Aranda Art, Melbourne, VIC
References
Birnberg, M. & Kreczmanski, JB.
(2004) Aboriginal Artists Dictionary of Biographies, J.B. Publishing Australia