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William S. Phillips - NO FLYING TODAY -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by William S. Phillips

Original Retail Price $185.00
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Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 32"w x 15 13/16"h.
Published: May 1989

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In "No Flying Today," a B17G of the 390th Bomb Group 569th Bomb Squadron sits peacefully under a blanket of snow at its home base in Framlingham, England.

As happened on many occasions during World War II, a cold moist air mass has moved south from the Arctic, covering both England and the Continent in heavy clouds and snow. On this day there would be no flying. Symbolic of this naturally induced lull in warfare are a goshawk, sitting ruffled against the chill wind and its would-be prey, a small rabbit hidden among the rocks of the stone wall.

The B-17G portrayed here was the most widely produced of B-17 variants. Its first test flight was on May 21, 1943, and it was delivered for action less than four months later. Powered by a Wright R-1820-97 cyclone engine, the B-17G had a top speed of 302 m.p.h. The Bomber was flown primarily by Americans and carried a crew of ten. There are still a few B17-Gs flying today . . . in clear, snowless skies.

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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