Josie Petrick Kemarre

Josie Petrick Kemarre

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DOB: c. 1953
Born: Harts Range, NT

Josie Petrick Kemarre, granddaughter of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, has been painting since she was a teenager, and since the 1980s has been recognised as a leading Utopian artist. Josie has inherited some of her dreaming stories from her grandmother: many of her works depict design elements associated with Women's Ceremonies and Women's Dreamings, or bush tucker Dreamings with overlapping dot work.

Josie's works are sought after for their unique layer of dots, which creates the illusion of the three dimensional image. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Holmes a Court Collection.


  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Charles Sturt University, Bathurst
  • Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton VIC
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

Awards and Recognition

2001 Paintings chosen as book cover for 'Motion vision: computational, neural, and ecological constraints' by Johannes Zanker and Jochen Zeil, Berlin


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 We Choose to Challenge, Coo-ee Fine Art Gallery, Sydney
2017 A SWEEP continues, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Shanghai Art Fair, Aranda Aboriginal Art
2007 Sydney Art Fair, Aranda Aboriginal Art
2006 Landmarks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2006 Women's Show, Boscia Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Shalom College, University of NSW, Sydney
2005 Wellington Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2001 Embassy of Australia, Washington D.C.
1999 Australian Consulate, New York City
1999 My Dreaming, Redrock Gallery, Melbourne
1999 United Nations, New York City
1999 Out of Australia, Lui Hai-Su National Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1995 Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery
1995 Jinta Desert Art, Sydney