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: 
Keewatin, Ont., Lake of the Woods  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Keewatin, Ont., Lake of the Woods
Inscription titled "Keewatin, Ont. #53" on verso - "$35.00 unsigned
Watercolour, 7.25 x 12
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Eckington Bridge by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Eckington Bridge
Watercolour, 14.75 x 9.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Summer Idyll by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Summer Idyll
Colour Woodblock Print, 21.8 x 12.12
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
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
Mrs. R.W. Craig Memorial by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mrs. R.W. Craig Memorial
, 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
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
The Dock by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Dock
Ed. 100
, 7.16 x 10.7
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Deer on Hillside by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Deer on Hillside
, 3.5 x 4.72
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Siwash House Posts by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Siwash House Posts
Ed. 300
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.25 x 8.85
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mount Cathedral from Lake O'Hara by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mount Cathedral from Lake O'Hara
Ed:250
Colour Wood Block Print, 7.55 x 6.69
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Winter Woods by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Winter Woods
Ed: unknown
Colour Wood Block Print, 3.18 x 3.62
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mary at Muskoka by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Mary at Muskoka
Ed:100
Colour Wood Block Print, 5 x 4.68
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
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
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
The Bather by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Bather
Colour Wood Block Print, 10.9 x 7.36
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
titled and signed in margin, 1920 Monogram stamp in impression upper left.
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.45 x 6.88
Loch Gallery, Calgary
The Diving Board by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
The Diving Board
Colour Wood Block Print, 8.66 x 5.6
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
Planting a Zunuk by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Planting a Zunuk
Colour Wood Block Print, 11 x 13.5
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Lake MacArthur, Yoho National Park by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Lake MacArthur, Yoho National Park
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.7 x 10
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Cathcart's Island, Muskoka by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Cathcart's Island, Muskoka
Colour Wood Block Print, 6.41 x 7.28
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Grain Elevator at La Salle, Manitoba  by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Grain Elevator at La Salle, Manitoba
Colour Wood Block Print, 7.6 x 12.2
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Spruce Lake by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Spruce Lake
Watercolour, 9 x 10
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Indian Days, Banff by Walter Joseph (W.J.) Phillips
Indian Days, Banff
Wood Block Print, 9.88 x 11.5
Loch Gallery, Toronto
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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