"The Beginning of the End"
By Artist, William S. Phillips
Limited to 1000 prints
Edition #: 228/1000
Size: 27" x 23" (68.6 x 58.4 cm)
Includes the Certificate of Authenticity
Signed by Command Pilot Of The Enola Gay Paul W. Tibbets, Bombardier Thomas W. Ferebee, Navigator Theodore J. "Dutch" Van Kirk, Bomb Electronics Officer Morris R. Jeppson, Radio Operator Richard H. Nelson, and Artist William S. Phillips.
Men who had flown against Nazi Germany and later invaded North Africa towards the beginning of the war now traveled aboard a B-29 Superfortress, the “Enola Gay”. The mission that this aircraft completed over Japan helped to bring WWII to an end sooner, taking away the need for a Japanese land invasion. Carrying the first atomic bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy”, the Enola Gay traveled to its target of Hiroshima, before dropping its dangerous cargo. Signed by Artist William S. Phillips, and five members of the Enola Gay’s crew, this fine art print is a highlight to any WWII collection.
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.