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"A Time of Eagles" by William S. Phillips

"Release Your Brakes and Hunt for Heaven" by William S. Phillips

"A Time of Eagles" by William S. Phillips




A Time of Eagles
by William S. Phillips

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 honor’s call in its highest sense.  In capturing Coen’s 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.

"A Time of Eagles" by William S. Phillips

Sizing & Pricing

Greenwich Workshop Anniversary Edition
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 75 s/n.
31"w x 23"h. $595


 

About William S. Phillips

Phillips grew up loving art but never thought he could make it his livelihood. At college he majored in criminology and he 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 the aviation artist of choice for many American heroes and the nostalgic landscape artist of choice for many collectors. Bill’s strengths as a landscape painter are what gave him an edge in the aviation field: respect and reverence for a time and place. When one sees his aviation pieces, thoughts are about the courageous individuals who risked their lives for our freedom. In Bill’s landscapes, the viewer understands fully what that freedom is . . . the precious values that make life worth living.

After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force to create 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 least one of Phillips’ works was chosen in the top 100 each time he entered “Art for the Parks,” the prestigious annual fund-raiser for the National Park Service, and he received the Art History Award from the National Park Foundation several times.

September 11, 2001, hit Phillips very hard emotionally. Out of his distress came the painting A Prayer for My Brother. Fine art prints of this piece have been placed in many fire departments across the country, with a portion of the proceeds going to help families of fallen firefighters.

In 2004, he was chosen by the National Park Service to be the first Artist in Residence at the Grand Canyon where his assignment included paintings to interpret the park’s purpose as a place of pleasure and its importance as a national treasure.

He is regularly invited to participate in the annual Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, an invitational for the top artists in the US. Bill is currently working on a large project documenting the Los Angeles Fire Department which will be placed in their museum. In October, 2013, the artist was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor, along with Doolittle Raider co-pilot Robert Emmens.