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Post by studio-pots July 3rd 2021, 2:49 pm

The Czech-born British graphic designer, painter & printmaker, Dorrit Dekk, was born in Brno on 18 May 1917 and died in London in December 2014.

She trained at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna from 1936 until 1938 and during her time there produced designs for the theatre and for the film director, Max Reinhardt.

Following the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in 1938 she escaped to London and here enrolled at the Reimann School of Art and Design that had been established in Berlin in 1902. This was the first commercial art school in Britain, having re-located here in January 1937 because of the Nazi persecution.



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Post by studio-pots July 3rd 2021, 2:50 pm

Seventy years ago Dorrit Dekk's murals were part of the Festival of Britain and below is a short film of her talking about the experience.

https://youtu.be/zZJMe9IUMp8

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Post by studio-pots July 3rd 2021, 2:53 pm

Dekk came to be regarded as one of the most successful commercial artists of the post-war period in Britain, having set up her own commercial design agency in 1950.

She retired in 1982, but continued to work as a painter and printmaker right up until her death in December 2014.

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Post by studio-pots July 3rd 2021, 2:55 pm

Here's an example of her commercial design work from the 1950s.

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Note that it is signed top left.

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Post by studio-pots July 3rd 2021, 3:00 pm

An example of her later work from the 1996.

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Collagraph, chine colle and montage.

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Post by studio-pots July 3rd 2021, 3:01 pm

A collagraph, collage and watercolour from the 1990s.

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Post by studio-pots July 4th 2021, 12:13 pm

Cityscape - oil on board.

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