Biography

Rosies’ painting style demonstrates a deep connection to her country, her bushes and wild medicine flowers are brightly painted onto the earth and the artist often employs a bold palette. Artists from Ampilatwatja often omit the sky from their compositions, allowing the viewer’s eye to scan the landscape without a focal point, presenting two viewpoints of the country, combining an aerial and frontal view in the one composition.

Rosie was born out bush near Amaroo Station, in Alyawarr country. Her Mother, now passed, was one of the original artists in the Utopian Batik movement.

Rosie, who possesses a wonderful use of colour, especially likes to paint bush medicine and wild flowers from the surrounding areas. Her Daughter Margaret Kemarre Ross is also an artist and has inherited a similar style, bright, beautiful and expressive.

The Artists of Ampilatwatja community was established in 1999 near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The work produced by the artists is recognisably distinct from other Aboriginal artistic communities, due to the application of fine dots and the often bright and child-like figurative depiction of the land.