Eric Aldwinckle

Graphic Designer, Deceased Person

1909 – 1980


Who was Eric Aldwinckle?

Eric Aldwinckle was a Canadian war artist, designer and illustrator.

Born in England in 1909 but sent to Canada in his teens, he apprenticed with printers in Toronto in the 1920s and learned the graphic design trade along the way. He struck out on his own in 1930, and built a successful design practice on corporate work and illustration, including several covers for Maclean's. During this period he was active in Toronto's Arts and Letters Club, a 'home away from home' for him throughout his life. He was also a regular part-time instructor at the Ontario College of Art. At the beginning of World War II he registered as a conscientious objector and created several well-known war posters, then as a camouflage designer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In late 1942 he heard that Ottawa was looking for volunteers for its new War Artist program. He applied and was accepted, receiving a commission in the RCAF. He became a Varsity Graduate in April 1948. During the years 1943-6 he produced over one hundred drawings and paintings in watercolours and oils that remain the property of The Crown and reside permanently with the Canadian War Museum.

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Jan 22, 1909
  • Canada
Jan 13, 1980

on July 23, 2013


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