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: 
Summer Idyll by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Summer Idyll
Colour Woodblock Print, 21.8 x 12.12
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mamalilicoola, British Columbia by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mamalilicoola, British Columbia
Colour Woodblock Print, 10 x 12
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Grain Elevator at La Salle by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Grain Elevator at La Salle
Colour Woodblock Print, 7.63 x 12.25
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Muskoka by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Muskoka
Watercolour, 13.75 x 11.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The South Wall of the Fort Today by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The South Wall of the Fort Today
Wood Engraving, 4.6 x 3.22
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Indian Girl by the Wall by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Indian Girl by the Wall
Wood Engraving, 4.56 x 3.18
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bredon Village by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Bredon Village
Color woodblock Print, 10.43 x 12.44
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bookplate for H.A.V. Green by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Bookplate for H.A.V. Green
See interesting notes from U of M Archive on H.A.V. Green, a Winnipeg lawyer who came from U.K. https://main.lib.umanitoba.ca/h-v-green-photo-album
Wood Engraving, 3.75 x 1.57
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Southwest Bastion, Lower Fort Garry by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Southwest Bastion, Lower Fort Garry
Wood Engraving, 3.62 x 9
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mrs. R.W. Craig Memorial by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mrs. R.W. Craig Memorial
Color woodblock Print, 10.35 x 7.48
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Venus and the Priest by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Venus and the Priest
Colour Woodblock Print, 13.42 x 19.3
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Newtonbrook by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Newtonbrook
Wood Engraving, 4.72 x 5.7
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Simoom by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Simoom
Wood Engraving, 5.66 x 9.6
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Norman Bay, Lake of the Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Norman Bay, Lake of the Woods
Watercolour, 11.5 x 13.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Self Portrait by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Self Portrait
Woodblock Print, 3.46 x 2.23
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Little Saskatchewan by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Little Saskatchewan
Colour Woodblock Print, 5.11 x 9.88
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Joey with a Parasol by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Joey with a Parasol
signed front lower left 
Watercolour, 16.75 x 15.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Icebound Bow Lake  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Icebound Bow Lake
signed and dated front 1955 
Watercolour, 14.5 x 21.75
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Sharp's Dock, Pender Harbour  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Sharp's Dock, Pender Harbour
Colour Wood Block Print, 9.3 x 13.7
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Dock by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Dock
Ed. 100
Color woodblock Print, 7.16 x 10.7
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Above Lake Louise by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Above Lake Louise
Colour Woodblock Print, 7.44 x 6.22
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Deer on Hillside by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Deer on Hillside
Color woodblock Print, 3.5 x 4.72
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Trail from Skoki by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Trail from Skoki
Color woodblock Print, 3.46 x 4.6
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
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, Winnipeg
Mamalilicoola, British Columbia by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mamalilicoola, British Columbia
Ed:100
Colour Wood Block Print, 10 x 12
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Bather  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Bather
Ed.100
Colour Wood Block Print, 8.75 x 9.75
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Mountain by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Mountain
Ed. 250
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.1 x 7.71
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Angler by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Angler
Ed:unknown
Colour Wood Block Print, 4.48 x 2.95
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Summer Idyll by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Summer Idyll
Colour Wood Block Print, 21.81 x 12.12
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Field Barn by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Field Barn
Ed:100
Colour Wood Block Print, 9 x 10
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Wylye Mill Bridge by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Wylye Mill Bridge
Ed:100
Colour Wood Block Print, 8.42 x 9.8
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Prairie Elevator  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Prairie Elevator
Colour Wood Block Print, 8.3 x 12.8
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Morning by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Morning
Ed: 150
Colour Wood Block Print, 7.8 x 7.6
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Norman Bay 2 by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Norman Bay 2
Ed: 100
Colour Wood Block Print, 8.77 x 9.84
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Snake Island Lake Winnipeg by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Snake Island Lake Winnipeg
Wood Engraving, 5.24 x 7.8
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bedtime by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Bedtime
Colour Wood Block Print, 5.25 x 3.325
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Rushing River, Lake of the Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Rushing River, Lake of the Woods
Ed. 50
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.45 x 6.88
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Little Saskatchewn by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Little Saskatchewn
Edition:50
Color woodblock Print, 5.11 x 9.88
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Margaret by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Margaret
4.30 inches in diameter Edition: 50
Color woodblock Print, 4.3
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Winter by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Winter
Color woodblock Print, 5.62 x 9.48
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Summer Idyll by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Summer Idyll
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 blocks, and bears witness to Phillips' confidence and mastery of the colour woodcut medium...
Color woodblock Print, 18 x 12
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Manitoba Farmstead by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Manitoba Farmstead
Colour Wood Block Print, 7.65 x 13
Loch Gallery, Calgary
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
Rushing River, Lake of the Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Rushing River, Lake of the Woods
Wood Engraving, 5.4 x 6.7
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mistaya Valley by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mistaya Valley
Wood Engraving, 4.2 x 6.4
Loch Gallery, Calgary
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, Winnipeg
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
April in the Cotswolds by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
April in the Cotswolds
Colour Wood Block Print, 7 x 8.85
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mount Douglas by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mount Douglas
Watercolour on Paper, 11.875 x 13.75
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Morning by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Morning
Color woodblock Print, 7.8 x 7.59
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Stockton, Manitoba by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Stockton, Manitoba
Wood Engraving, 3.66 x 6.96
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Planting a Zunuk by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Planting a Zunuk
Colour Wood Block Print, 11 x 13.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Valley of the Ten Peaks by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Valley of the Ten Peaks
This print was included as the ninth print in the portfolio, Ten Woodcuts, published in 1931 in an edition of 200.
Wood Engraving, 4.88 x 6.37
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
Warren's Landing, Lake Winnipeg by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Warren's Landing, Lake Winnipeg
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.57 x 9.48
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Pom Poms by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Pom Poms
Colour Wood Block Print, 3.81 x 3.26
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
Poplar Bay, Lake of the Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Poplar Bay, Lake of the Woods
Wood Block Print, 9.25 x 13
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Duck Hunter by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Duck Hunter
Wood Block Print, 9.25 x 13
Loch Gallery, Calgary
A Gloucester Village by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
A Gloucester Village
Wood Block Print, 9.75 x 8.25
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Tulips by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Tulips
Wood Block Print, 9.4 x 12.3
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Norman Bay, Lake of the Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Norman Bay, Lake of the Woods
Colour Wood Block Print, 11.4 x 8.3
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
Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Artist origin: 
Canadian
Artist type: 
Historical works of significance
Born: 
1884
Died: 
1963

 

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