"Bison" Print on Canvas w/Floater Frame by Benjamin Chee Chee 10" X 8"
The richly hued "Bison" is a departure from the flowing graphic style of many other works by the late Benjamin Chee Chee and shows his artistic versatility as it beautifully captures this majestic beast that once roamed the plains by the millions. For us, it evokes sadness for this animal that is at risk of survival in the wild in Yellowstone Park. Chee Chee's work is timeless and at home in any contemporary or rustic space and very collectible with originals selling for well into the thousands of dollars. Two acrylic paintings on paper, both entitled "Goose", recently sold for over $10,000 each. Available in ready-to-hang museum-wrapped canvas unframed or framed in an elegant floater frame in your choice of Antique Gold, Brushed Silver, Classic Black, Cherry Brown or Expresso Brown. Museum-wrapped canvas measures 10" x 8" and in frame measures 10 1/4" x 8-1/4".
Cultural Background: Ojibway, Temagami Reserve, Bear Island Ontario
Born in Temagami, Ontario, Chee Chee largely taught himself to draw and paint. His father died when he was two months old and he lost track of his mother. One reason behind his drive for success as a painter was his ambition to be reunited with her.
He was a prominent member of the second generation of Woodland Indian painters, a native art movement that began in the early 1960s and has since become one of the important art schools in Canada. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Chee Chee pursued an economical graphic style, a reduction of line and image more in keeping with mainstream international modern art.
At the age of thirty-two and at the height of a new found success as an artist and printmaker Chee Chee died tragically by committing suicide.
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