BOOK REVIEW | Ships and the Sea – The Art and Life of Oswald Brett


There is no doubt that Oswald Brett, even though he spent much of his life in the United States, was one of Australia’s most talented and best marine painters. He has lived a long life and his output has been both extensive and excellent.

With considerable actual seagoing experience, including the latter part of World War II, he knows how waves roll, currents flow, winds blow and ships move. They are the rare essential talents of the true marine artist. More importantly, he knows well how to capture such ephemeral things on canvas.

His work, which has deservedly made him rich and globally famous, captures both historic and contemporary scenes. It brings both to light brilliantly.

Fortunately, many of his best works are reproduced here in this first rate book along with an excellent autobiographical account of his lengthy and fascinating life and work.

Available from Halstead Press, Braddon, Australia.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.