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: 
Burnt Timber in a Rocky Mountain Valley by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Burnt Timber in a Rocky Mountain Valley
signed and dated
Watercolour on Paper, 13 x 21
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bighorn Ewes by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Bighorn Ewes
signed and dated
Watercolour on Paper, 15 x 17
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Deep Cove by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Deep Cove
titled, signed and dated
Watercolour on Paper, 14 x 21
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, Calgary
Valley of the Ten Peaks by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Valley of the Ten Peaks
Wood Engraving, 4.88 x 6.3
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Winter Road  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Winter Road
Colour Woodblock Print, 4.5 x 2.75
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Muskoka by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Muskoka
Watercolour, 13.75 x 11.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bredon Village by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Bredon Village
, 10.43 x 12.44
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
Sharp's Dock, Pender Harbour  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Sharp's Dock, Pender Harbour
titled, numbered 51/100 and signed in margin
Colour Woodblock Print, 9.3 x 13.7
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Dock by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Dock
Ed. 100
Colour Woodblock Print, 7.16 x 10.7
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Above Lake Louise by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Above Lake Louise
Colour Woodblock Print, 7.44 x 6.22
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Red River Road by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Red River Road
Colour Woodblock Print, 7.91 x 7.99
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Deer on Hillside by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Deer on Hillside
Colour Woodblock Print, 3.5 x 4.72
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Siwash House Posts by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Siwash House Posts
Ed. 300
Colour Woodblock Print, 8.85 x 6.25
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Winter Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Winter Woods
Signed in margin, monogram stamp lower right    
Colour Woodblock Print, 3.18 x 3.62
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Angler by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Angler
Ed:unknown
Colour Woodblock Print, 4.48 x 2.95
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Snow Bank by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Snow Bank
edition of 250
Colour Woodblock Print, 4.4 x 3.74
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Norman Bay 2 by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Norman Bay 2
titled, numbered 90/100 and signed in margin
Colour Woodblock Print, 8.77 x 9.84
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Snake Island Lake Winnipeg by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Snake Island Lake Winnipeg
signed in margin
Wood Engraving, 5.24 x 7.8
Loch Gallery, Toronto
St. Andrews on the Red by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
St. Andrews on the Red
Titled, numbered and signed in margin, and stamped and dated in plate
Colour Woodblock Print
Woodblock Print
, 7.4 x 6.85
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Bedtime by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Bedtime
Colour Woodblock 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
titled and signed in margin, 1920 Monogram stamp in impression upper left.
Colour Woodblock Print, 6.45 x 6.88
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Manitoba Farmstead by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Manitoba Farmstead
signed, numbered, inscribed, and titled in margin 
Colour Woodblock Print, 7.65 x 13
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Engineer's House and South Wall by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Engineer's House and South Wall
copy in Calgary July 2020
Wood Engraving, 3.1 x 4.6
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Bear  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Bear
Wood Engraving, 4.56 x 4
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Vista Lake by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Vista Lake
Signed lower right and editioned 3/200. Commissioned by The Woodcut Society of Kansas City, USA, and is accompanied by the original folio. 
Wood Engraving, 5.63 x 7.12
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Planting a Zunuk by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Planting a Zunuk
Colour Woodblock Print, 11 x 13.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Lake MacArthur, Canadian Rockies by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Lake MacArthur, Canadian Rockies
Colour Woodblock Print, 6.7 x 10
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Flying Island by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Flying Island
Titled, editioned 60/100 and signed in margin, and stamped and dated in plate
Colour Woodblock Print, 9.92 x 9.33
The Stream in Winter by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Stream in Winter
Woodblock Print, 5 x 5.25
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Soft Maple by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Soft Maple
Colour Woodblock Print, 4.1 x 4.21
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Beaver Lodge by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Beaver Lodge
Colour Woodblock Print, 7.4 x 14.7
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Summer Night by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Summer Night
Colour Woodblock 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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