1926 - 2008
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John Kasyn was born in Poland in 1926, and moved to Winnipeg, Canada with his family in 1938. In 1940, his family moved to Toronto, where he studied at the Central Technical School. He then pursued his studies at the Ontario College of Art, where he studied under FS Challenger, George Pepper, Jock MacDonald and RW Murphy. After he had completed his studies, he worked as an art director in different design studios before dedicating himself to painting full-time. He has worked with oil and watercolour. He is mainly known for his depictions of cityscapes, especially historical houses in Toronto.
His solo shows include: Upper Canada College (1965); Beckett Gallery, Hamilton (1967); Can. Fine Arts Gallery, Tor. (1972); Mazelow Gal., Tor. (1973) (1975) (1976) (1978); Damkjar Burton, Gal., Hamilton (1974) (1975); Wallack Galleries, Ott. (1975) (1988); Art Gal. Windsor (1976); DeVooght Gal., Van. (1978); Kaspar Gallery, Tor. (1982) (1984) (1989). He is represented in many public, private and corporate collections in Canada and the United Stated including: Dofasco Ltd., Tor.; Dominion Securities Ltd., Tor.; Dow Chemical Co., Tor.; Husky Oil Ltd., Alta.; Interprovincial Pipelines, Alta.; Chief Justice Arthur Kelly, Tor.; Mr. & Mrs. Barney Danson, Tor.; Mr. & Mrs. Ken Thomson, Tor.; Mr. & Mrs. Irving Ungerman, Tor.; Metropolitan Library, Tor.; Ont. Hydro, Tor.; Sears, Roebuck & Co., Chicago; Selkirk Comm. Ltd., Tor.; Shell Can. Ltd., Tor.; Std. Life Assurance Co., Tor. and many others. Member of the O.S.A. and the C.S.P.W.C. He lives and works in Thornhill, Tor.