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For the month of December the Museum has placed 5 of John Kolstein’s sketches in the Art Space.  Below is a short biography on the artist.

image of John Kolstein

Self Portrait 1988

John Kolstein was a man who says he was born with a pencil and pen in his hand.  Kolstein recalls he was always drawing, ever since he was a child.  “It’s a natural talent I just developed my own technique”.

Early on in his career he was commissioned to draw a number of businesses and homes in the community and many have stayed in the area.  Kolstein was the first artist to showcase his pieces here in the original gallery and he continued to put on regular exhibitions.  He was a strong supporter of the library, museum and local art groups.


 He often worked in pen combined with watercolours.  “I have never seen this style done this way by anybody else”.  Kolstein would travel with a camera and a sketch pad all the time when something of interest caught his eye he would begin a preliminary sketch and photograph the subject.   An 8×10 inch sketch would take Kolstein about two weeks to complete.

“The technique I use appeals to people and brings me great pleasure.  I just hope that when I’m gone that people will remember me.”  Kolstein died on September 22nd 1991 in Strathroy at the age of 73.

These paintings are part of the Art Gallery Collection that Museum Strathroy-Caradoc holds.   This collection contains over 80 pieces, many of them done by local artists.

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