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William S. Phillips - A Prayer for My Brother -  OPEN EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          A Prayer for My Brother
by William S. Phillips

$275.00

OPEN EDITION CANVAS
Image Size: 18"w x 24"h.
Published: August 2011

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The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center heightened our awareness of many important things but it was the first responders’ selfless commitment to saving the lives of others, at risk to their own that stood apart. Their actions drove home to the country at large that first responders live and work in every community with the same, but often unrecognized, commitment.

William S. Phillips is intimately familiar with this level of dedication; he was a firefighter before he became an artist. The events on 9/11 shook him to his core. “You become a firefighter because you are driven by a sense of community and purpose,” Phillips relates.

“Firefighters always have, and always will be, walking into that burning building looking to save lives.”

Bill’s approach to A Prayer for My Brother was that of a fellow firefighter from Oregon paying homage not only to those that died in service in New York City, but to firefighters throughout this country. He wanted this work to commemorate and support firefighters nationwide.

Since its initial release as a Fine Art Edition, William S. Phillips' A Prayer for My Brother has provided funds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org) in fulfillment of that goal. The organization’s mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. “The self sacrifice continues in every corner of this country and beyond,” says Phillips.”Some of those men and women rushing into buildings today may have been only a child when 9/11 occurred. Still, it is the same spirit of community and purpose that drives these firefighters today as it did that fateful day in New York City ten years ago.”

When we first released A Prayer for My Brother, we really weren’t certain what the reaction to the image would be. We wanted to honor the sacrifice and loss in the way we knew best, through art. Perhaps we could raise some funds for The National Fallen Firefighters as well. We found Phillips’ art was not only embraced by the firefighting community, but by the communities in which those firefighters lived. Galleries and individual citizens purchased and donated the image to local firehouses. Some organized fund-raisers, auctioning off the privilege of donating the image to the local firehouse to raise funds for that town’s first response needs.

We encourage you to take the opportunity to let your local firefighters know you are a community that recognizes their commitment to the well being and safety of others by presenting them with a print or canvas of William S. Phillips’ A Prayer for My Brother.


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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