John Kasyn was born in Poland and came to Winnipeg in 1938. While in public school, the Board of Education in Winnipeg sent him to the Winnipeg Museum for Saturday morning art classes. It was the beginning of a career that led him to a love of the old houses and buildings in the Toronto area. Kasyn studied at the Ontario College of Art and the Central Polytechnic in Toronto. He spent almost seven years drawing the human figure but it was always old homes and buildings that appealed to him the most. His paintings, mostly oils, are authentic in every detail. Kasyn received the Gold Medal at the Annual Exhibition of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour of London, Ontario in 1966. He was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in Watercolour. Exhibitions Since 1958, Kasyn’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Collections Kasyn paintings are included in many public and private collections in Canada. They are valued not only for their artistic merit, but also for the nostalgic documentation they provide of historic buildings in Toronto.
Winter Evening on McCaul St., n.d. watercolour 7.25″ x 5″