Artist to Appreciate: Walter J. Phillips

Walter J. Philips -- York Boat on Lake Winnipeg (1930) v2

Walter J. Phillips, York Boat on Lake Winnipeg (1930)

Walter Joseph Phillips is yet another unquestioned master of magnificent woodcut images of the Canadian landscape.  He often printed his artwork in color inks rather than just black ink as used by many of his contemporaries working in the same medium.  Although born in England, he settled in Canada as a youth and resided in Winnipeg, Manitoba for much of his life (the same place, coincidentally, chosen as a newfound home by another exceptional Canadian woodcut artist and fellow European immigrant, Eric Bregman).  Phillips produced the bulk of his work from the late 1910s through the 1940s.  In many of his images of the Canadian west he situated people within the scene, providing both a sense of scale and nice human emotional element.

Walter J. Philips -- Mount Cathedral & Mount Stephan (1928)

Walter J. Phillips, Mount Cathedral & Mount Stephan (1928)

Walter J. Philips -- Lake of the Woods (1931)

Walter J. Phillips, Lake of the Woods (1931)

Walter J. Philips -- Red River Jig (1931)

Walter J. Phillips, Red River Jig (1931)

Walter J. Philips -- The Clothes Line - Mamalilicoola (1930)

Walter J. Phillips, The Clothesline –Mamalilicoola (B.C.) (1930)

Walter J. Philips -- The Stump (1928) v2

Walter J. Phillips, The Stump (1928)

30 responses

  1. Thank you for broadening my knowledge of Canadian artists. I have to admit I have never heard of Walter J. Phillips. His Lake of the Woods is very reminiscent of the Group of Seven style.

  2. I think it is wonderful that you are interested in promoting Canadian culture and all that goes with it…I am biased of course, being Canadian….:) And thank you for liking and following my new blog. Be sure to watch for new pics of our Canadian Beaches…I love our landscape too.

  3. A great post among many of your others. The OCanadaBlog often has things to teach me about my own ‘home and native land’. Well done!
    mdm –

    • Maha, parts of Canada certainly have very cold weather but much of the country also has a full four seasons, with a good measure of warmth and hot weather. I’m always amazed at the ability of people to adapt to their surroundings, whatever those may be, and to find and create goodness there. Best, Brett

  4. These woodcuts are fabulous. As you note, it is so fascinating to see the human element incorporated into the landscape. This artist in particular reminds me a bit of the old National Park posters from here in the United States, possibly of the same era.

    Thank you so much Brett for this wonderful collection, and I look forward to more inspiration!

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