Benjamin Chee Chee

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Benjamin Chee Chee
Portrait photo of Benjamin Chee Chee
Born (1944-03-26)March 26, 1944
Temagami, Ontario, Canada
Died March 14, 1977(1977-03-14) (aged 32)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education Self taught
Known for Painting
Movement Woodland School of Art

Benjamin Chee Chee, artist, of Ojibwa [1] descent, born Kenneth Thomas Benjamin at Temagami, Ontario 26 March 1944; died in Ottawa 14 March 1977.[1] His early life was troubled and he lost track of his mother, who he spent many years searching for. He moved to Montreal in 1965 where he developed his love of drawing, moving back to Ottawa in 1973. He gained fame as he developed his unique style of clear graceful lines with minimal colour of birds and animals giving sense to emotion and movement. After finally finding his mother and achieving success as an artist, he committed suicide in an Ottawa jail.

Benjamin Chee Chee was buried in Notre Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Alvin (2004), Chee Chee: A Study of Aboriginal Suicide (Hardcover), McGill-Queens University Press, ISBN 978-0-7735-2687-7 

References[edit]

  • Evans, Alvin (2004), Chee Chee: A Study of Aboriginal Suicide (Hardcover), McGill-Queens University Press, ISBN 978-0-7735-2687-7 

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