Peterborough artist Nick Leniuk is auctioning an artwork of Ukraine’s national flower, the sunflower, with a peace sign in the middle, mounted on a board painted in the colors of Ukraine’s flag to support humanitarian efforts on behalf of the victims of the war in Ukraine.
All funds raised from the auction will be donated to the Canada Ukraine-Ukrainian Canadian Congress Foundation.
Bidding started Monday and ends Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m. Interested persons should send a message to Leniuk.
Originally from Kapuskasing, Leniuk is known for the tree sculptures he creates. He works in two Ontario galleries, Koyman in Ottawa and Cornerstone in Kingston.
For this piece, he was looking for an image of a sunflower to incorporate into his artwork, the national flower of Ukraine. He connected with a Russian artist on Instagram who was thrilled for Nick to use his sunflower design.
The piece measures 21.5″ wide x 13″ tall and features the national flower of Ukraine, the sunflower, with a peace sign in the middle, mounted on a board painted in the colors of the flag of Ukraine.
Leniuk’s father, Antony Leniuk, came to Canada after World War II and settled in Kapuskasing in northeastern Ontario. He married and raised five children. In May 2020, Leniuk hoped to travel to Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine with some of his father’s ashes to be buried at his grandparents’ grave. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the trip to be cancelled.
Leniuk says he is a proud first-generation Canadian with Ukrainian heritage and hopes to have the opportunity to visit his father’s birthplace in the future.
— Examination staff