Artist : Josie Petrick Kemarre

Artist Profile

Artist : Josie Petrick Kemarre
Born: Born c. 1945
Tribe: Arrente
Area: Central & Western Desert

Josie Petrick Kemarre is a full blooded Aboriginal from the Arrente/Anmetjerrra Tribe. Josie comes from Utopia, an Aboriginal owned cattle station, located North East of Alice Springs.


Josie has emerged as a bold and innovative artist, painting her Dreamings and the Landscape of "Her Country". Josie has taken the dot style of painting to new heights with her aerial depictions of her desert birthplace and surrounding traditional country.

Josie has been painting since she was a teenager, but has emerged since the late 1980’s as a leading Utopian artist.


Some of her stories are inherited from her late grandmother, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who was a very successful artist late in life, and painted depictions of the desert and its plant life changing with the seasons and life giving rains.


Josie has artworks Holmes a’ Court Collection and many private and public collections.


Her main Dreamings are based on native plants and bush tucker species in their various stages of growth, as well as design elements associated with Women’s Awelye (ceremony/dancing) and Women’s Dreamings.