W.J. Phillips

Whitefish Bay, Lake of the Woods 1919,

Colour woodcut

An early and rare 50 edition woodcut.

Phillips was born in England, and moved with his family to Canada in 1913, settling in Winnipeg. From 1914 to 1923, the family spent their summers at Lake of the Woods, and the experiences that Phillips had there grounded his sense of belonging to his new home. In time, he would create works of quiet subtlety and serenity capturing the unique topography of the region and its shifting moods, gracefully combining the graphic languages of Japanese printmaking and the British Art and Crafts style.
-McMichael Canadian Art Collection