Monday, April 30, 2012

Aviation artist, William S. Phillips delights Gallery One collectors

Kristi and Bill Phillips
On Saturday, April 14, William S. Phillips and his lovely wife, Kristi, returned to Gallery One in Mentor. Bill’s background as a firefighter and in the Air Force gave him lots of common ground with his collectors who share the same experiences. They’d gather at the signing table to meet him and get lost in long conversations. In his lecture, Bill spoke about his career as well as the Doolittle Raiders’ reunion he was en-route to at Dayton’s Wright Patterson Air Force Museum. See more images of the show on our site and watch the short clip from his lecture on the video bar at right.
As one of the world’s top aviation artists, William S. Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force to developed 16 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. He was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist and was awarded the Navy's Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association's Americanism Medal. In 2005, the USPS released his pane of 37 cent stamps - American Advances in Aviation. Another dimension to Bill’s talents lies in his nostalgic landscape scenes. He even created his own idyllic community, Phillips Bay, where picturesque and romantic images abound. In 2004, he was selected as Artist in Residence at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim — another indication of his versatility. Three of Phillips' works were chosen as part of the top 100 in Art for the Parks, and one painting received the Art History Award from the National Park Foundation. Two coffee table books of his works have been published. 
We look forward to Bill and Kristi’s next visit. Until then, visit to view his complete collection of prints and books.

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