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William S. Phillips - THOSE LAST CRITICAL MOMENTS -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by William S. Phillips

Original Retail Price $185.00
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Limited Edition of: 1250
Image Size: 26 1/4"w x 19 1/2"h.
Published: September 1987

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Carrier qualifications aboard the USS "Kitty Hawk" are a time of stress and anticipation for all concerned. Set against a deepening Pacific sunset, the air group perform touch and go's in order to sharpen skills that will be needed for the upcoming cruise. This is a time of taut nerves, bone jarring traps and instant "G" forces on the cat stroke. A time when those last critical moments can mean success or failure and in some cases, death; the carrier environment is one of the most dangerous in the world.

Against the peaceful backdrop of a Pacific sunset, clouds drift lazily along but in the foreground this idyllic setting is broken as an A-7 Corsair takes the forward cat stroke and the crew of an F-14 Tomcat experience those last critical moments prior to a successful trap. Meanwhile, the huge mass of the carrier moves forward leaving a churning wake to mark its passage; a wake that will soon be devoured by the vastness of the sea.

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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