Walter J. Phillips (1884-1963)
Karlukwees, British Columbia, 1929
colour woodcut on paper (edition: 100)
26.5 x 31.6 cm

An unfinished watercolour sketch is also extant, as is another watercolour where the legendary thunderbird appears in the mists over the village. There are more Karlukwees subjects in the 1930 portfolio of wood engravings, An Essay in Woodcuts.

Phillips provided a description of this famous print in his unpublished manuscript on watercolour technique, Wet Paint:

A typical small village, showing the half-moon beach of clam-shells separating sea and forest, but it is covered with snow. There are a few community houses in each of which a dozen families are resting, and a part of a wharf which rests in the mud at low-tide, but otherwise floats on the surface of the sea. There is a community latrine at the end of each wharf: the sea is the scavenger. It is a tidy little town and the equipment in the homes is most modern: carpets, kitchen-cabinets, and gramophones, framed pictures and ornaments from the Vancouver stores in great variety. In the furthest community house, I saw a full-sized billiard table, and near it an immense pile of ancestral oil-bowls, and carved figures that had formerly posed, proudly erect, within or before the houses. The composition is a simple arrangement of concentric curves, and their radii.