John DePol: Artist and Engraver
|John DePol was born in 1913 in Greenwich Village in New York
City. While working as a statistical clerk and securities runner on Wall
Street, he attended night classes in lithography at the Art Students League.
From 1943 to 1945 DePol served in the United States Army Air Force, and
while on duty in Northern Ireland he continued his lithography studies at
the College of Art in Belfast. During this time, DePol also sketched the
sights and scenes of Ireland, images that would later form the basis for
many prints and book illustrations.
After being discharged from the service, DePol worked as a production assistant for the L.F. White Company, a commercial printing firm. He continued to do work for a number of commercial publishing companies as well as independent commissions illustrating private-press booklets, separate prints, broadsides, and limited edition books. He developed professional and personal relationships with many publishers including John Anderson, Arthur Rushmore, and John Fass.
After his retirement in 1978, DePol remained active illustrating private press books, producing individual prints, and teaching wood engraving. He has received many honors for his work including election as a National Academician by the National Academy of Design and Laureate, New York Printers Wall of Fame.
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