Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips

Walter Phillips was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1884. Trained at the Birmingham School of Art, he was a successful watercolour artist in England before he and his wife, Gladys, emigrated to Winnipeg in 1913. Although watercolour remained his primary medium, the wood block print was an enduring interest which brought his work to a wider audience. Among his best-known and loved images in watercolour and woodblock print are those which depict family holidays on Lake of the Woods from the teens until 1925. In 1940, Phillips was asked to be artist in residence at the Banff School of Fine Arts. He moved to Calgary in 1941 where he taught at the provincial Institute of Technology and Art. He died in 1963 leaving a legacy of uniquely Canadian art. Walter J. Phillips is recognised today as a master of the watercolour and the woodblock print medium and his work is eagerly collected. His works are housed in galleries across Canada, including The National Gallery of Canada, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies as well as collections abroad in London, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Japan, and private collections the world over. The most extensive private collection of work by Phillips was gifted to the city of Winnipeg. Permanently housed in the Pavilion Gallery Museum in Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park, the Crabb collection is available for public viewing year round.

Available artwork: 
Trail from Skoki by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Trail from Skoki
Color woodblock Print, 3.46 x 4.6
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Blue Parasol by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Blue Parasol
Watercolour on Paper, 9.5 x 8.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Untitled (Nude), (watercolour sketch for the woodcut Mary at Muskoka)  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Untitled (Nude), (watercolour sketch for the woodcut Mary at Muskoka)
Watercolour on Paper, 13.75 x 11.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Keewatin, Lake of the Woods  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Keewatin, Lake of the Woods
signed WJP front lower right titled Keewatin Ont. on reverse
Watercolour on Paper, 8.75 x 11
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Prairie Elevator  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Prairie Elevator
Titled, edition: 40/100, and signed in margin Reverse label reads: This colour woodcut was made by the artist in 1943 from a watercolour sketch, which he had made during the depression years.  The series was limited to one hundred prints, and...
Colour Wood Block Print, 8.3 x 12.8
Loch Gallery, Calgary
House of the Gulls, Karlukwees by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
House of the Gulls, Karlukwees
Wood Engraving, 4.64 x 5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Summer Idyll by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Summer Idyll
signed, titled, edition # 69/100 in the margin, dated 1926 and monogrammed in the plate This print was completed in July of 1926. Not only is it one of his largest prints he ever created - it required the cutting of more than twelve different...
Color woodblock Print, 18 x 12
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Mount Rundle  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mount Rundle
Watercolour, 15.5 x 21
Loch Gallery, Calgary
West Road (Mountain Road) by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
West Road (Mountain Road)
Colour Wood Block Print, 9 x 13
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Autumn, La Salle River, St. Norbert by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Autumn, La Salle River, St. Norbert
Watercolour, 11.25 x 13.25
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods
Color woodblock Print, 5.5 x 8
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mistaya Valley by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mistaya Valley
Wood Engraving, 4.2 x 6.4
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
The source of the Bow by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The source of the Bow
Wood Engraving, 6.4 x 4.1
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Engineer's House and South Wall by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Engineer's House and South Wall
Wood Engraving, 3.1 x 4.6
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Mount Douglas by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mount Douglas
Watercolour on Paper, 11.875 x 13.75
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Fall Assiniboine River by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Fall Assiniboine River
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.96 x 10.7
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Kincardine by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Kincardine
Watercolour, 15.5 x 17
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Two Lakes by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Two Lakes
Colour Wood Block Print, 8.4 x 13.66
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Agamemnon Channel, BC by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Agamemnon Channel, BC
Colour Wood Block Print, 3.18 x 8.54
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Spruce Lake by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Spruce Lake
Watercolour, 9 x 10
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Duck Hunter by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Duck Hunter
Wood Block Print, 9.25 x 13
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Tulips by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Tulips
Wood Block Print, 9.4 x 12.3
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Summer Night by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Summer Night
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.96 x 9.48
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Moonlight Lake of the Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Moonlight Lake of the Woods
Wood Block Print, 7.25 x 6
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Artist origin: 
Canadian
Artist type: 
Historical works of significance
Born: 
1884
Died: 
1963

 

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