Jimmy and Angie Tchooga

Artist Jimmy and Angie Tchooga
Title Tjukukalyu
Year 2022

Acrylic on linen

Dimensions 121.9 × 61 cm
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Jimmy and Angie Tchooga

Jimmy and Angie Tchooga have been married since 1972 and recently started painting collaboratively after they worked for a long time as solo artists. As well as a prominent artist, Jimmy is a senior law man and lead singer for ceremony. Jimmy’s country is Tjukakarrinyu, east of Balgo in the Tanami Desert. Jimmy has been Chairperson and Director of Warlayirti artists for many years. Angie has also served as a Warlayirti Director. She was born at Sturt Creek Station where she was raised by elders of the Tjaru people. Angie met Jimmy on Sturt Creek station and travelled to Balgo to marry.

Artist statement

This painting depicts the objects and story associated with Jimmy Tchooga’s Tjukurrpa (Creation lore), his father’s story. It is set in Jimmy’s traditional country of Tjukukalyu, east of Balgo in the Tanami Desert. The central circles represent Tjurrnu (soak water) whilst the patterning surrounding it depict the tali (sandhills).