N@N – Jocelyn Anderson: Walter J. Phillips and the Art of Japan

N@N – Jocelyn Anderson: Walter J. Phillips and the Art of Japan

February 15, 2024 12:00 pm

Event Details

One of the most celebrated printmakers in the history of Canadian art, Walter J. Phillips is best known for his iconic woodcuts, colourful depictions of places such as Lake of the Woods and the Rocky Mountains. Though rooted in his experience of sketching Canadian landscapes, Phillips’ practice was also deeply informed by his study of Japanese woodcuts and his friendship with the artist Yoshijiro Urushibara, who guided him in developing his art. This talk will explore Phillips’ learnings from Japanese art and examine how his studies shaped his work.


Jocelyn Anderson is the Director of the JR Shaw Institute for Art in Canada at Glenbow. Prior to joining Glenbow, she was the Deputy Director at the Art Canada Institute and a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her research focuses on Canadian art from the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries, as well as art and the British Empire. Her work has been published in British Art Studies and the Oxford Art Journal, and she is also the author of William Brymner: Life & Work (2020). She holds a PhD from the University of London (Courtauld Institute of Art).

Free, everyone welcome

Held in person, in the Gallery Hall, ground floor Taylor Family Digital Library (adjacent to Nickle Galleries).

Walter J. Phillips, April in the Cotswolds (detail), 1930, colour woodcut, 17.8 x 22.5 cm, Collection of Glenbow.