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William S. Phillips - A Time of Eagles -  ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          A Time of Eagles
by William S. Phillips

$595.00

ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 31"w x 23"h.
Published: June 2015







Like an archangel of yore, the image of a lone Spitfire patrolling the heavens of England to defend against the onslaught of the German war machine inspired a handful of American volunteers to fly and fight for the RAF. During the darkest months of the war these American pilots joined Britain in the fight against Germany's seemingly invincible Luftwaffe.

"A Time of Eagles" is a salute to the daring American pilots of the three "Eagle Squadrons" who earned the respect of their fellow RAF pilots and a special place in history. In all, 244 brave aviators flew the most maneuverable plane of the time ― the Spitfire ― with elite "Eagle Squadrons" of the RAF. Many became leading aces of the war, earning service honors from both England and America. When the United States entered the War on September 15, 1942, the men of "Eagle Squardrons" transferred into the American Air Force and became the 4th Fighter Group.

"A Time of Eagles" portrays fighter pilot Oscar Coen as he soars through the clouds at sunset in his Spitfire. As one of the original members of "Eagle Squadron," Coen earned Britain's Distinguished Flying Cross and a French Cross of War as well as a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Silver Star from the United States Air Force. He is an ace, credited with 5.5 "kills." During his service, he was shot down once in France near the coastal town of Dunkirk.

Looking back on his war years, Coen said: "There were as many reasons why we went to England as pilots. A lot of us saw the political ramifications of the war. We wanted to stop Hitler. But some of us were just adventurers. A lot of guys went because the British Spitfire was the hottest thing in the air and they wanted to fly it."

For the collector or the historian, this Anniversary Edition Fine Art Canvas of "A Time of Eagles" delivers an epic portrayal of honorís call in its highest sense. In capturing Coenís achievement, Bill placed the craft in its element―the vast dome of moisture-laden air filled with billowing cumulus clouds and tinges with lateral streams of early morning light.




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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