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William S. Phillips - INTO THE TEETH OF THE TIGER (REMARQUE) -  L.E.PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by William S. Phillips

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Limited Edition of: 25
Image Size: 26 1/4"w x 13 1/8"h.
Published: March 1984

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There's more than one way to bring down an opposing fighter, as 1st Lt. Don Lopez learning on December 12, 1943.

The young airman had experienced his first "jing bao" or scramble, just after dawn; soon he and his comrades of the 75th Fighter Squadron were at 6,000 feet over South Central China. Lopez ripped his P-40 into the middle of a flight of Japanese "Oscars" and quickly engaged one of them. The American and Japanese pilots flew directly at one another, firing steadily and scoring hits. Lopez expected his opponent to break off but neither did so. Head-on only a few feet apart, the Oscar swerved right . . . too late. Lopez lost three feet off the end of his wing but the Japanese pilot lost substantially more, including control of his aircraft, which plunged toward the earth. Undaunted, Lopez pressed the attack again, helping to bring down another Oscar . . . with his guns.

There's more than one way to bring down an opposing fighter . . . and Don Lopez, retired Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, scored enough victories to join the ranks of "ace" fighter pilots to emerge from World War II.

Artist Bill Phillips' careful research and sure technique present a stunning portrait of a classic warbird . . . while Don Lopez provides the true-to-life drama for an exciting limited edition print.

Countersigned by Don Lopez

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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