ANTHONY (Tony) Kobal
1924 - 1992
On January 24, 1992, Tony Kobal passed away quietly
in his sleep. He will long be remembered for his many
works of art, which express a love of the University's
architecture, its history, and lifestyle and have in
themselves become a part of the heritage of the University.
The image on the University's Adminstration and Services
web page is a detail from The Entrance to University
College, 1991, watercolour. It was one of the last
pieces completed before his death and appeared on the
1992/93 Campus Telephone Directory, his 12th one used
for that purpose.
Tony retired in 1987 from Residence Operations as a supervisor after 38 years
of service with the University. His experience at Western became the source and
inspiration of many pen and ink sketches and watercolours. His works have been
widely featured in University publications, and many are retained in the University's
permanent art collection. Other artistic accomplishments include book illustrations,
murals, and restorations.
Born in Yugoslavia, Tony's formal art education included five years of study
at Teachers College in Ljublijana, Yugoslavia and two years at the University
of Graz in Austria. He arrived in Canada in 1948, and made London, Ontario his
home. Tony's reputation in the art world continued to expand across Canada and
Europe where he exhibited in the company of many other well known artists.
Tony's art is characterized by a simplicity that reflects his sensitivity to
the richness of everyday life.