Canadian artist Ken Phillips (1909-1983) attended the Ontario College of Art during the dynamic years of 1928-1933, as well as classes in New York in 1930. His teachers included Group of Seven’s Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. Macdonald as well as Emanuel Hahn.
While at the College of Art he met and fell in love with fellow artist Marie Cecilia Guard. While the pair studied art in New York in 1930, they married.
Phillips’ story includes a childhood during a fascinating golden age in Toronto, his experience in New York in 1930, and his successes during the Depression years. It also is a story of a rare artist couple who were supportive of and inspired by each others’ work.
Over his lifetime, Ken painted and drew landscapes, architectural studies, figures and still lifes, perhaps most significant were his eloquent pictures of Toronto landscapes before they were demolished and his late oil landscapes.
Although Phillips and Guard were trained in the Group of Seven style, they continued to explore and evolve throughout sixty years of work. As husband and wife, they frequently painted the same subjects, but from different (but complimentary) perspectives. In later years as well as painting in water color and oil, Phillips taught art, participated in art exhibitions, and made almost yearly sketching trips to Europe in the seventies and eighties.
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