Benjamin Chee Chee, artist (born Kenneth Thomas Benjamin 26 March 1944 in Temagami, ON; died 14 March 1977 in Ottawa, ON). After an unstable youth, Chee Chee, of Ojibwe descent, moved to Montréal in 1965 and was encouraged to develop his love of drawing. His first exhibition, held after his move to Ottawa in 1973, featured colourful abstract compositions of block-stamped geometric motifs. By 1976 his work had dramatically changed to spare, linear representations of birds and animals of great clarity and elegance, animated by a lively sense of humour and movement. Unlike other Aboriginal artists, Chee Chee denied that his images had symbolic meaning; they were rather "creatures of the present" whose forms expressed aesthetic concerns. At the height of his success, after a renewal of a long-term problem with alcoholism, he committed suicide in an Ottawa jail.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Phillips, Ruth B.. "Benjamin Chee Chee". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 16 November 2016, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/benjamin-chee-chee. Accessed 23 April 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Phillips, R., Benjamin Chee Chee (2016). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/benjamin-chee-chee
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Phillips, Ruth B., "Benjamin Chee Chee". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published January 30, 2008; last modified November 16, 2016. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/benjamin-chee-chee
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Ruth B. Phillips, The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Benjamin Chee Chee", last modified November 16, 2016, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/benjamin-chee-chee
Benjamin Chee Chee
|Article by||Ruth B. Phillips|
|Published Online||January 30, 2008|
|Last Edited||March 4, 2015|
Benjamin Chee Chee, artist (born Kenneth Thomas Benjamin 26 March 1944 in Temagami, ON; died 14 March 1977 in Ottawa, ON).
Original painting on paper by Benjamin Chee Chee.