Where to See Works by Walter J. Phillips...


A number of Canadian public galleries have extensive collections of works by Walter J. Phillips, including The National Gallery of Canada, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and many others. The Glenbow Museum of Calgary probably has one of the largest public collections of the work of Walter J. Phillips. In 1955, Mr. Eric Harvie purchased much of what Phillips had on hand in Banff. The collection includes many of the orginal wood blocks, several sketchbooks, as well as Phillips' tools and other personal effects, acquired subsequently by the Museum. Details of the Glenbow Museum collection will be identified on this site in due course. Because of the fragile nature of works on paper, none of these museums offer a permanent display of works by the artist.

Perhaps the best opportunity afforded to the general public for the viewing of Phillips' work is the extensive exhibition at the new Pavilion Gallery in Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park. Half of the second floor of this heritage structure is devoted to his work. This collection was orginally assembled by John Crabb of Winnipeg over many years. Mr. Crabb's dedication to the work of Walter J. Phillips has been exemplary, and the author wishes to acknowledge his considerable assistance in past years.

It is hoped that details of The Pavilion Gallery's collection can be provided on this site in coming years.