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By: MAG Curators
This week we’re looking at four woodcut prints by Canadian artist, Walter J. Phillips.
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.
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.
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!