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William S. Phillips - REVELATION -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by William S. Phillips

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Limited Edition of: 250
Image Size: 29 1/4"w x 23 1/4"h.
Published: November 2002

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“In researching a perfect companion piece to 'Winter Symphony,' I reflected while hiking in the Grand Canyon,” said Bill Phillips. “By mid-morning, small white tufts begin to form against the brilliant blue Arizona sky. By early afternoon, these clouds have grown to take the form of immense castles towering over the Coconino Plateau. And if you listen closely, you’ll hear the roll of distant thunder carried along on the breeze.

"The first few drops of rain vaporize as they embrace the Canyon’s sun-baked rocks. But, within a few minutes, the sun and heat along the South Rim have relinquished their grip, replaced by pounding torrents of rain. The Canyon’s walls echo with the sound of flash floods as the seasonal torrents force rocks ever downward to create new rapids in the Colorado River far below. Nature has unleashed her power and the Canyon disappears as you strain to make out the landmarks in mid-Canyon, as the juniper and agave provide only a vague outline against a curtain of gray along the rim of the Kaibab Plateau.

"Then, as swiftly as it began, the rain ends. The roar of the deluge is replaced by individual droplets falling from the boughs of Ponderosa Pine. The world is still, the rumble of thunder recedes and the fragrance of sage and wet earth surrounds you. Suddenly, a single beam of light flashes into the Canyon and the grand finale begins as sheets of rain reflect back a growing rainbow. Isis Temple shines forth as the sunlight pushes eastward, giving its warmth once more before evening, blessing us with the Canyon’s never-ending revelation.”

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 Institution’s National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillips’ 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 Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Americanism Medal. At the prestigious annual fund raiser for the National Park Service, Bill’s 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. Bill’s major collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published by The Greenwich Workshop Press in 2005.


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