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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Walter Joseph Phillips RCA ASA CSPE CSPWC

Born in Barton-Upon-Humber, England, Phillips studied under Edward Taylor at the Birmingham School of Art. He moved to South Africa (1903-1908), and then he emigrated to Canada and first settling in Winnipeg (1913 - 1940) and then in Calgary in 1941. He is best known for his colour woodcuts influenced by Japanese colour woodcut techniques and the ornamental organic forms of Art Nouveau. He is also known for his watercolours, etching, and illustrations. His subjects include rural prairie farming scenes, figures, and mountain landscapes. He executed images of Lake of the Woods, the West Coast of British Columbia, Alberta and the Rocky Mountains. He moved to Victoria, B.C. in 1959 where he remained until his death in 1963.

He was influential as a teacher at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, Calgary(1941-1949) and at the Banff Summer School (1941-1959). He was a member of the Society of Printmakers in Los Angeles, and the Society of Gravure Printers in Colour, London. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1960. Phillips exhibited with the Royal Academy in 1912, extensively with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1914-1955, and the Art Association of Montreal in 1916-1954. The Winnipeg Art Gallery held a solo exhibition of Phillips work in 1921. Two retrospective exhibitions of his work were held,one was at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the other at the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1984. His work is represented in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Alberta, British Museum, Glenbow Museum, Mendel Art Gallery, National Archives of Canada, National Gallery of Canada, Pavillion Gallery Museum (Winnipeg) Vancouver Art Gallery, The Whyte Museum (Banff, AB), Winnipeg Art Gallery and many others.