Tony Oswald (1914-2001)

Tony Oswald
Steamboat at the Bridge

ink drawing
signed, l.r.
4 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches


Louisville native Anthony Lee Oswald is probably best remembered for the large-edition prints he published in the 1970s, including a series he did for the Kentucky Derby Festival called Kentucky Thoroughbreds in 1977. The art critic at the Courier-Journal, Sarah Lansdell, wrote that he was “best known … for his drawings of landmark buildings and sites.”

Though Oswald had started exhibiting in the 1950s, he was unable to devote himself full-time to his art until 1976, when he retired from the Tube Turns Division of Chemetron Corp. after 35 years. He had done drawings of machine parts. He also inherited a cottage on Breckinridge Lane in St. Matthews and was able to establish a studio there.

Oswald was a graduate of duPont Manual High School and studied at the Louisville Art Center and Indiana University Southeast. He was an exhibiting member of the Art Center, Kentucky Heritage Artists and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, where he showed his work at the group’s fair in Berea. His watercolors were especially sought after.