"Fifty Miles Out"
By Artist, William S. Phillips
Limited to 1000 prints
Edition #: 8/1000
Size: 35" x 24.5" (88.9 x 62.2 cm)
Includes the Certificate of Authenticity
Signed by Artist William S. Phillips.
It is the last year of the war, and one of Colonel Glen W. Martin's fleet of B-29s, punnily named "Dina Might," surges over the clouds during its mission to bomb the industrial cities of Japan. But it is more than just the remembrance of a vital war effort. "This is not a portrayal of a particular mission" says aviation artist William Phillips, "but is rather a portrait, basically an homage to the Superfortress."
Dramatic because of the majesty of the craft and the beauty of flight through towering cumulus clouds-but special, too, because this is one of Phillips' few World War II prints that doesn't picture a specific incident in the air war. "I didn't want to say whether they were returning or heading out," he admits. "The viewer, when they look at the painting, can decide whether it's just before sunset and they're heading towards Japan, or whether it's early morning and they're coming back home."
This print has been SOLD OUT for years and is only available as a Secondary Market offering.
Never Framed & Stored Flat in Smoke-Free Environment.
About the Artist:
“Aviation was my first artistic love,” says William S. Phillips, “but my true, enduring love remains my Christian faith, home and family. So it is my pleasure to combine all of it in my work. The historical aviation subjects, I research; the contemporary and nostalgic subjects, I live.”
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 nostalgic works, the viewer understands fully what that freedom is... the precious values that make life worth living.