Artwork by John Kasyn,  Off Eastern Avenue, Toronto

John Kasyn
Off Eastern Avenue, Toronto

oil on board
signed lower right; signed, titled and inscribed with inventory number 87042 on the reverse
18 x 14 ins ( 45.7 x 35.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $7,000.00$5,000.00 - $7,000.00

Price Realized $8,850.00
Sale date: November 20th 2018

Masters Gallery, Calgary
Private Collection, Victoria
John Kasyn's works are celebrated for the quiet nostalgia he presents through depictions of Edwardian homes in Canadian cities, the majority of which focus upon twentieth century Toronto. “Off Eastern Avenue”, Toronto provides a sense of warmth and comfort within a non-glamourized urban winter landscape, the attached homes showing worn snowy paths to the doors. Kasyn’s houses are homes, providing a lack of perfection and a clear sense of being “lived in”, the artist’s paintings connect his audience to memories of their first homes, streets, and neighbourhoods.

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John Kasyn
(1926 - 2008) OSA

John Kasyn was born in Poland in 1926 and came to Winnipeg in 1938. He began his artistic training at the Winnipeg Museum while in public school. His education was furthered at both the Ontario College of Art and Central Polytechnic - both in Toronto. It was in Toronto where he gained a love for the old houses and buildings which became the subject of much of his work. Kasyn’s paintings are part of many public and private collections across Canada and are valued for both their artistic merit and the nostalgic documentation they maintain of historic buildings in Toronto.