Artist Profile

Angie (Topsy) Tchooga

1st May 1953

Sturt Creek


Kukatja, Tjaru and English


Angie is a reliable and active member of the community of Balgo. Born at Sturt Creek Station, she was raised by elders of the Tjaru people. Angie attended school at the Old Balgo Mission, and when school was finished, she returned to Sturt Creek to work as a domestic. She has fond memories of taking the children out on bush trips during this period. Angie met her husband Jimmy on the station and they travelled to Balgo to marry. Jimmy and Angie would often move between Sturt Creek and Balgo until one son fell ill and they moved permanently to Balgo to be close to the clinic.

Angie started painting in 1988 and her themes include waterlilies and the Tjurrkupa snake. She has travelled to Perth and Melbourne. Angie has lived in Balgo for about 20 years and misses the country of Sturt Creek; however she is still able to visit her country for hunting and fishing.