Aldwinckle, Eric (1909-1980) RCA, OSA, CSGA

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  • Born in 1909 at Oxford, England. Came to Canada in 1922. Largely self-taught, he worked in industry and as a graphic designer. Member of the Canadian Graphic Arts Society. He was an instructor at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto from 1936 to 1942.
    Employed on camouflage duties in Eastern Canada while in the Air Force. Served as an Official War Artist from February 1943 until October 1945. Held the rank of flight lieutenant. While overseas he painted Coastal and Bomber Command activities in the British Isles and fighter activities with the Tactical Air Force in North-West Europe.
    The paintings and drawings he created are part of the collection of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. After the war he returned to the OCA, later working for the Stratford Festival.
    He has done murals and engaged in free lancing in design fields. He became a noted designer of heraldic crests and medals for several Canadian universities and a life-time member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Although known for his art, he did publish one musical composition in 1968.
    Eric Aldwinckle died January 13th, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario.

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