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William S. Phillips - TOP COVER FOR THE STRAGGLER -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          TOP COVER FOR THE STRAGGLER
by William S. Phillips

$145.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 26 1/4"w x 13 1/8"h.
Published: April 1986


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A P-38 piloted by Captain Jack Ilfrey gives escort to a straggling B-17 as they depart enemy territory and wing homeward. Crippled bombers were often easy targets for German fighters and the sight of a couple of fighter escorts was indeed a blessing.

Capt. Ilfrey flew 142 combats missions, he was a member of the 94th Fighter Squadron, holds the Air Medal with twelve oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with silver oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star, Europe and African Theatre ribbons and six Bronze stars.

Countersigner: Captain Jack Ilfrey


William S. Phillips
Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology and had been accepted into law school when four of his paintings were sold at an airport restaurant. That was all the incentive he needed to begin his work as a fine art painter. Bill Phillips is now a renowned aviation artist and the landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill's strengths as a landscape painter, a respect and reverence for a time and place, help him when painting aviation as well as classic landscapes. Phillips often spends days observing landscape subjects. Finding companionship with the land, he is able to convey the boundlessness of nature on the painted canvas inspiring a reverence for the natural landscape in its beholders. After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He developed sixteen major paintings, many of which now hang in the Royal Jordanian Air Force Museum in Amman. The Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillipsí work in 1986. He is one of only a few artists to have been so honored. In 1988, Phillips was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist. For his outstanding work, the artist was awarded the Navyís Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Associationís Americanism Medal. At the prestigious annual fund raiser for the National Park Service, Billís work has been included in the Top 100 each year he has entered the competition and his work has won the Art History Award twice. Phillips was selected as the Fall 2004 Artist in Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and tapped by the U.S. Postal Service to paint the stamp illustrations and header design for a pane of twenty stamps in 1997 entitled Classic American Aircraft. He was chosen again in 2005 for a pane of twenty stamps (ten designs) entitled American Advances in Aviation. Billís major collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published by The Greenwich Workshop Press in 2005.

 

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