His goldfish paintings are familiar to nearly all of us in Duluth, as his award-winning children's book Old Turtle. And out of all the places in the world that he could have lived, he chose Duluth to be his home.
Mr. Chee was then introduced whereupon he shared a part of his journey, from China to Malaysia and then the past half century in Duluth. Over the years he has been chided now and then by people from afar who say, "What a shame that you live in Duluth, which is so cold." His reply is always, "Yes, Duluth is cold. But Duluthians are hot." If that doesn't warm your heart on a frosty morn, nothing will.
Chee's website (like Picasso, the coin of his name is of such strength is seems diluted with a "Mr." in front of it) outlines his approach to his work.
1. Thorough knowledge of the subject matter.
2. Strong feelings toward the subject matter.
3. Thorough understanding of design elements and principles.
4. Competent craftsmanship for expressing the subject matter in a natural way.
The same principles can easily be applied to writing, public speaking, performing and other arts.
Recommended: Visit the Tweed sometime this summer to see a wonderful exhibit by a master artist.
|Cheng-Khee Chee shares his passion.|
For what it's worth another famous Duluthian's art is going on exhibit this weekend, in Youngstown, Ohio. While this week we celebrate Duluth Dylan Fest, Dylan's "Face Off" series goes on display at the Butler Museum of Art there.
Meantime, art goes on all around you. Engage it.