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Item Name: Print
Title: Savoy
Maker: Vic Cicansky
Year: 1980
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph 70/150
Measurements: in frame: 48.4 cm x 57.2 cm; work: 28.6 cm x 41.8 cm
ID Number: ART 216
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Victor Cicansky’s ideas for artwork are rooted in his intimate relationship with the plants and trees in his garden. A child of eastern European Immigrants, Cicansky grew up in the Heritage district of Regina, referred to as "garlic flats" or "Germantown” in the 1930s for the immigrant families who lived there. Like many Prairie people at that time, Cicansky’s family grew their own vegetables, and canned their food to eat in the winter. Cicansky has carried on this tradition of the family garden, and over his long and celebrated art career, has combined being a master gardener and sculptor. His approach embraces both the immigrant knowledge of his Romanian-Canadian family and more contemporary concerns around urban ecology and environmental sustainability. This lithographic print depicts a hearty savoy cabbage, and a common garden insect, the cabbage butterfly (Pieris rapae); both plant and insect were brought to Canada by immigrant settlers. Victor Cicansky (Czekanski) (1935 - ) is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (B.Ed. 1964), the University of Regina (B.A. 1965) and the University of California at Davis (M.F.A. 1970). Working in clay, bronze, wood and steel, Cicansky was a founding member of the Regina Clay Movement. He taught at the University of Regina, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of California at Davis, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Cicansky has been the recipient of many Canada Council grants and awards including the Victoria and Albert Award for Ceramic Sculpture, the California Kingsley Annual Award for Sculpture, and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Regina (2007); Member of the Order of Canada (2009); Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (2012). His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe, and is collected major public and private collections, including the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the National Gallery of Canada.