The Natural Element: Art Nouveau in the Work of W.J. Phillips
April 1, 2020 to September 20, 2020
Art Nouveau, one of the most popular European movements of the period, was highly influential to Phillips’s work.
Although it had no unifying style, Art Nouveau infused every major art form, characterized by the use of shapes and patterns from nature.
Phillips himself was never part of an organized artist group or movement but did incorporate elements of popular styles into his work.
For Phillips, Art Nouveau’s influence is most noticeable through his stylized, curved forms and soft, naturalistic colour palette.