Dinkel, Ernest Michael

Ernest Michael Dinkel (1894-1983) was a painter, sculptor and designer. He was born in Huddersfield and studied at the local technical college before moving to London to study at the RCA, graduating in 1925. He then taught at the RCA 1925-40 as instructor in mural decoration, afterwards becoming the Head of Stourbridge School of Art 1940-47 and subsequently Head of the School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art 1947-61.

Early on, Dinkel was best known as a painter but during the 1930s he also excelled in decoration and graphic art. He designed some posters for London Underground and was prolific in the expanding field of the painting of inn signs.  Dinkel seems to have been only an occasional designer for glass, but he promoted the craft when he headed the Stourbridge School.

Source: Alan Brooks

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