Canadian Fine Art

November 1318, 2021
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Lot 7


Lot 7 Details


oil and Lucite on board
signed; signed, titled and dated '69 on the reverse
16 ins x 20 ins; 40.6 cms x 50.8 cms

Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Realised: $12,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Private Collection, Ontario


Kasyn returned to paint Ontario Street several times. Ontario runs north-south in the east end of Toronto, from the Old Town up through Cabbagetown. Like John Little, whose work is also represented in this auction (please see lots 3, 6 and 20), Kasyn was concerned with capturing the overlooked, the humble and the disappearing facets of Toronto architecture.

Judy Stoffman, writing for the Toronto Star, notes of Kasyn: “You might call him the painterly equivalent of the reclusive Toronto poet Raymond Souster, a man who looks intensely at a narrow spectrum of urban subjects and captures them just as they are disappearing.” Kasyn spent years taking pictures of the facades and back alleyways of the city’s houses, creating an archive of over 6,000 images on which his paintings were based. In the artist’s own words, “I've done every street in Toronto; I don't think there is a lane I haven't walked along…Cabbagetown had the most houses I really liked. I used to go early every Sunday, when there was no traffic, and roam till evening. Then I had to try to remember where I'd left my car."

Judy Stoffman, Toronto Star. “House painter --- Artist John Kasyn spent four decades documenting old semis and back stoops that formed the pre-renovated character of unglamorous Toronto neighbourhoods. His works sell like hotcakes.” 16 December 2000


Very good condition.

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