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Watercolours by Olga Philip

May 17 - June 4

Reception: Saturday May 20, 3 -6 pm

Artist will also be available at the gallery on:

May 21, 28 and June 3 - 2-4pm

Please contact for more information.

Some of the works on display

Artist Statement 


As a papermaking artist I used to enjoy the fluidity of working with water, pulp and colour to develop an image. A basic method was to lay down a base sheet and and while it was still damp, I used coloured pulp with stencils to develop the image. The stencils were used to control the positive and negative areas of each composition. I made many works this way and they were presented in the exhibitions I had after retirement.


For this exhibition, I am making new work as I learn to paint with watercolours. These experiences mirror the pleasures I had working with water, pulp and colour. With watercolour I can be as tight and detailed as I want or enjoy the freedom of standing and painting as I go.  The two constants for these paintings have been painting with a limited colour pallet with no earth colours. My photographs were used as reference material.  This new way of working suits my needs as an artist.


Olga Philip is a senior artist living and working in Toronto. In 1976, she graduated with a major in printmaking, from the then, Ontario College of Art. For twenty years she taught courses in printmaking, papermaking and foundational drawing at OCA and she retired in 2004. During that time, she made new work for each of the papermaking exhibitions she had with Wendy Cain, Joyce Honsberger and Joanne Ross. She had, for three decades, practiced the art of print and paper making to explore her feelings, ideas and perceptions. Having retired from those endeavours she is now transitioning into becoming a watercolour artist. She continues to work out of a humanistic understanding of herself in the world.

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