Johnson Museum curator Nancy E. Green has written a monograph on noted printmaker Walter J. Phillips, available now and published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc. 

Walter J. Phillips (Canadian, b. England, 1884–1963) was already a critically acclaimed watercolorist by the time he immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913. Once in Canada, he took up woodblock printing, the medium for which he would gain worldwide recognition.

Phillips’s success as a printmaker was due to his extraordinary perspective, masterful craftsmanship, and use of dramatic silhouettes and luminous color. During Phillips’s fifty-year career, his artwork was exhibited throughout North America and Britain. A prolific book illustrator, he also taught at the Banff Centre and the Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary.

Green explores Phillips’s place at the forefront of the Arts and Crafts movement in North America. Essays by two of the artist’s family members provide unique perspectives on Phillips’s life and work. In addition, quotes by the artist concerning his work accompany many of the reproductions.

Nancy E. Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints & Drawings, 1800–1945, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. Among her numerous published works are A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections; Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony; and Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts and Crafts.

For more information and to order, visit Pomegranate online.


  Walter J. Phillips
  Essays by Nancy E. Green, Kate Rutherford, and Toni Tomlinson
  112 pages, 10 x 9 inches
  Smyth-sewn casebound, with jacket
  Includes Index of Artworks
  $35.00 US ($38.95 Canada)
  ISBN 978-0-7649-6604-0