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William S. Phillips - AMONG THE COLUMNS OF THOR -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          AMONG THE COLUMNS OF THOR
by William S. Phillips

$295.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 30"w x 18"h.
Published: November 1994


Limited quantities available





"Among the Columns of Thor" has a double meaning to it. In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder and war. These B-24 bombers from the 409th Squadron, 93rd Bomb group, are in column formation, literally flying among Thor's cloud columns as they return from their targets deep in Germany. They are escorted by P-51 fighters of the 3361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group.

The paint scheme on the engine cowling of "Jersey Jerk," Donald Strait's plane, was designed by Freddie Schlack, another young pilot in the squadron. That pattern became the official scheme for the entire fighter group. Squadrons within the group would use different colored rudders to identify themselves.

The deep, ominous colors at the right of the image represent war, whereas the left side is painted with lighter colors, signifying peace. The silver color scheme of the planes can also represent Allied superiority and the coming end of the war. Naturally, the aircraft are flying from the darkness into the light.

Countersigners: Donald J. Straig, commander, 361st Fighter Squadron; Clinton DeWitt Burdick, pilot, 361st Fighter Squadron; K. O. Dessert, commander, 409th Bomb Squadron; and Edwin C. Baker, pilot, 409th Bomb Squadron.


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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