Walter J. Phillips was born in Lincolnshire, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1913 at the age of 29, after spending considerable time studying abroad in South Africa and Paris. Today, he is consid
Walter J. Phillips was born in Lincolnshire, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1913 at the age of 29, after spending considerable time studying abroad in South Africa and Paris. Today, he is considered one of the most accomplished watercolourist artists Canada has ever produced. In 1941, he became resident artist at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and played a vital role in the development of that institution's visual arts program.
Phillips' career spanned from the early 1900s through the late 1950s, when the increasing frailty of his eyesight caused him to stop painting. Phillips' work has been widely exhibited throughout North American and Great Britain. His topics ranged from the Canadian prairies to the Rocky Mountains.
"The work of Walter J. Phillips embodies local landscapes and human activities in those landscapes using a vocabulary forged in Japanese woodcut processes….Through the skillful superimposition of many layers of transparent water colours, he created images of great beauty, subtlety and depth."
— Willock Sax Gallery
This is the fourth volume in Lisa Christensen's highly acclaimed Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies series, which "takes the art off the wall and presents it in the context of the magnificent locations that inspired its creation. "
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lives in Calgary, Alberta. A former Curator and Auction House Director, she is a prolific freelance writer, Associate Curator of Art at the Glenbow Institute, and she is a widely respected art historian, writer, hiker, and mother.
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"Combining beautifully reproduced images of Walter J. Phillips artworks with an impressively informative and detailed commentary, Lisa Christensen's newest publication, Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: An Explorer's Guide to the Art of Walter J. Phillips will prove to be an extraordinary, welcomed and appreciated addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library 20th Century Canadian Art History collections."
— Midwest Book Review