Aside from the earlier introduction of the Woodland Aboriginal art style of Norval Morrisseau and Daphne Odjig in the 1960s, one of the most dramatic turn of events has to be sudden emergence of Benjamin Chee Chee in the mid 1970s that ended with his tragic death in 1977. Because of the short span his iconic art form was created, there are a very limited number of his originals. Very few have appeared on the resale market in recent years. When one does, it is a noteworthy event. The Wah-sa Gallery had three ijn the early 2000s and this piece of Chee Chee’s is the first in seven years. This past spring, an 18×24 sold in auction for $5500. Chee Chee’s minimal linear style had a profound impact on such artists as Hugh MacKenzie, Clemence Wescoupe, Isaac Bignell and Sweetpea. Chee Chee’s photo is found on the Internet
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