Benjamin Chee Chee
Benjamin Chee Chee was a Canadian painter.
Based on ArtValue.ca records, Benjamin Chee Chee's estimated art value is C$20,000 (*)
Benjamin Chee Chee's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$10,000 - C$25,000, or even much higher.
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acrylic on paper
Dimensions - 71.09 cms x 91.4 cms (28 ins x 36 ins)
Lot for sale by Heffel Auction House, Vancouver
Thu, Jan 31, 2019
Estimate $5,000 - $7,000
Sold for CAD $25,000
oil on canvas
Dimensions - 61 cms x 76.2 cms (24 ins x 30 ins)
Lot for sale by Waddington's Auction House, Toronto
Mon, May 28, 2018
Estimate $9,000 - $12,000
Sold for CAD $14,400
Waddington's Auction House Biography and Notes
Benjamin Chee Chee (1944-1977) struggled with his identity his entire life. Born in Temagami, he grew up without his parents and despite identifying as Ojibwe, Chee Chee had a fraught relationship with his relatives and culture. After moving to Montreal in 1965, Chee Chee was encouraged to develop his passion for art, and it is through this creative practice that he was able to regain, if even for a few years, what Al Evans calls a "promise of identity". Part of the second generation of Woodland School painters, founded famously by Norval Morrisseau in the early 1960s, Chee Chee's style was largely influenced by modern abstraction, setting him apart from his contemporaries. After moving to Ottawa and over the span of three years from 1973 to 1976, his style transformed from colourful, abstract and geometric shapes to one of linear, simplistic and figurative representations of birds and animals. Not wanting to be categorized as an "Indian artist", Evans notes he thought of himself as an "Ojibway artist-a member of the Ojibway nation" with an aesthetic that was completely his own, denouncing the mythical and legend-based narrative of other Woodland artists. Speaking to this, he stated "my drawings of animals and birds have no symbolic meaning from the past. To me they are creatures of the present and I draw them because I like their clean lines and beautiful shapes". This subdued but elegant form is evident in Chee Chee's 1974 painting Flock of Geese. The fine lines which animate the painting capture the experience of watching the Canada geese fly in and out of the north as the seasons change. Chee Chee's birds are the paintings that made him popular and for which he is most remembered.