Jimmy

Born
circa 1951, Tjukakarrinyu, Tanami Desert 

Community
Wirrimanu (Balgo), WA 

Skin
Tjapangarti

Language
KukatjaTjaru 

Country
Tjukukalyu, Tanami Desert

 

Angie

Born
circa 1953, Sturt Creek Station, WA

Community
Wirrimanu (Balgo), WA 

Skin
Napanangka

Language
KukatjaTjaru

Country
 Purkitji (Sturt Creek, WA)

Biography

Jimmy and Angie Tchooga are a strong team. They have been married since 1972 and have five sons, one daughter and many grandchildren. They have recently started painting collaboratively after they worked for a long time as solo artists. Jimmy creates bold lines and Angie complements his work with fine dotting. Together they make strong painting.

Jimmy Tchooga is a prominent artist, a senior law man and lead singer for ceremony. Painting with strong hues, his dot work is both intentional and specific. Jimmy’s country is Tjukakarrinyu, east of Balgo in the Tanami Desert: primarily his paintings depict his Tjukurrpa, specifically his father’s creation story. Jimmy has been a strong cultural leader in the community and has been Chairperson and Director of Warlayirti artists for many years.

Angie is a reliable and active member of the community of Balgo having also served as Warlayirti Director. She was born at Sturt Creek Station where she was raised by elders of the Tjaru people. After completing her schooling at the Old Balgo Mission, Angie returned to Sturt Creek as a domestic worker. She has fond memories of taking the children out on bush trips during this period. Angie met her husband Jimmy on the station and then travelled to Balgo to marry. Jimmy and Angie would often migrate between Sturt Creek and Balgo until one of their sons fell ill and they moved permanently to Balgo to be close to the clinic. 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.

Angie started painting in 1988 and her themes include waterlilies and the Tjurrkupa snake. She has travelled to Perth and Melbourne for exhibitions and together with Jimmy can be found at the art centre most days.

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