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A Generous Gift: Walter J. Phillips Prints

A Generous Gift: Walter J. Phillips Prints

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Welcome back to the second week of our look at Father Jozef Wroblewski’s generous gifts to the Red Deer MAG.

This week we’re looking at four woodcut prints by Canadian artist, Walter J. Phillips.

print by Walter J. Phillips, The Mountain, 1927, colour wood-cut on Goyu paperprint by Walter J. Phillips, Mount Cathedral from Lake O'Hara, 1927, colour wood-cut on Goyu paper

View Part 1 of A Generous Gift: Dorothy Knowles paintings >>

Walter J. Phillips (1884-1963) is one of Canada’s best known artists. British-born, he lived and worked mainly in Winnipeg, Calgary and Banff, later retiring to Victoria. He was a master printmaker and watercolourist. He also taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary.

The works presented to the Red Deer MAG by Father Jozef are four woodcut prints depicting Mt. Rundle and Mt. Schaffer in Banff National Park, and two of Cathedral Mountain in Yoho National Park.

print by Walter J. Phillips, Rundle, Winter 1949, colour wood-cut on Torinoko paperprint by Walter J. Phillips, Rundle, Mount Shaffer, 1927, colour wood-cut on paper

Last year, two of these prints were featured in the book, Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorer’s Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips by art historian Lisa Christensen.

Book cover - Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorer’s Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips

All four prints were recently sent out for treatment by a paper conservator in Calgary. Slight discolourations and old adhesives were removed and the prints were cleaned to reveal the saturated and vibrant colours used by the artist. The works are now back at the museum, cleaned and preserved, and ready to be enjoyed by Red Deerians for many years. Thank you Father Jozef!

Check back next week for Part 3 of A Generous Gift!

Rundle - Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorer’s Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips by Lisa ChristensenThe Mountain - Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorer’s Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips

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