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Lived/Active: Oregon/California      Known for: aircraft, landscape, marine painting

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William S Phillips
from Auction House Records.
Rush Hour, 2009
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William S. Phillips was chosen to be a U.S. Navy combat artist in 1988. He has since been honored with the Navy's Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association's Americanism Medal.

In 1991 three of his paintings were selected as part of the Top 100 in Arts for the Parks. One painting won the Art History Award from the National Park Foundation.

Source: Nadeau's Auction Gallery, Inc., October 2003

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
William Phillips, b. 1945, United States

Phillips first attempts at depicting aircraft in an artistic way came when he was 12 years old. He and a friend would go down to the Van Nuys airport and spend the day watching the California Air National Guard F-86 Sabres land and take off. By the time he got home he was so excited about what he had seen that he spent the rest of the day sketching and trying to capture what he had observed.

Phillips' love of flight has carried him throughout the world providing many exciting experiences gathering research. He has flown in the F-15 during an air combat mission at Red Flag, with the Top Gun School at Miramar and into Mt. St. Helen’s shortly after the eruption to cover rescue operation. He has also flown with the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels. He has experienced the adrenalin rush of flying into a typhoon off Guam and the wild, low-level tactics employed by the F-5 pilots in the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Jordanian Air Force.

In all of Phillips’ paintings, whether aviation, nostalgia, seascapes, lighthouses or grand landscapes, the emphasis is always on dramatic lighting and composition. This is most apparent when viewing his paintings of the grand landscape. Phillips has always enjoyed capturing an emotion in his work. No matter which subject he is painting, the viewer will become part of the moment that is being captured on canvas.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
• Naval Air Museum, "One Man Show", Pensacola, FL, 1992
• National Air and Space Museum, "One Man Show", Washington, DC, 1987

Selected Group Exhibitions
• Autry National Center, Masters of The American West, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
• Grand Canyon Modern Masters Art Show, Grand Canyon, AZ, 2009
• United States Air force Museum, Centennial Celebration of Aviation Art, Dayton, OH, 2003
• Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY, 2003
• American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, Fort Worth, TX
• New York Society of Illustrators, Stamp Images, New York, NY, 1998

Selected Press
• Western Art Collector, William Phillips and John Geraghty, Scottsdale, AZ, August 2009

Selected Publications
• US. Post Office, "Advances in American Aviation Stamp Series", Washington, DC, 2005
• Ann and Charlie Cooper, "Into the Sunlit Splendor: The Aviation Art of William S. Phillips", CT, 2005
• Jacksonville Directory, "Cover Artwork", Jacksonville, FL, 2005
• Jimmy Doolittle, "I Could Never Be So Lucky Again", New York, NY 2001
• Stephen Coonts, "The Cannibal Queen", Gallery Books,1999
• US. Post Offices, "Classic American Aircraft Stamp Series", Washington, DC, 1997
• William Phillips, “The Glory of Flight”, Seymore, CT, 1994
• Bantam Books, "Air and Space Paperback Series", New York, NY, 1980-1989
• Grand Canyon National Park, Artist in Residence, Grand Canyon, AZ, 2004

• Evergreen Aviation Museum, Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor, 2013
• Art for The Parks, Two Top 100 Paintings and Top 50 Miniature, 2003
• National Art for The Parks, Excellence In Mini 50 & Top 200, 2002
• U.S. Art, Top 100 Prints of 2001, 2001
• US Air Force, Captain Duane Whitney Martin Award for Artistic Excellence, 2000
• American Society of Aviation Artists, Award of Merit, 2000
• Arts for The Parks, History Award, 1991, 2000
• Southern Oregon University, Alumni of the Year, 1997
• Arts for The Parks, Top 100, 1997
• Naval Museum, R.G. Smith Award, 1996
• Air Force Sergeants Association, Americanism Award, 1988
• American Society of Aviation Artists, Founders Award, 1988

Public and Private Collections
• Royal Jordanian Air Force, Jordan
• King Hussein, Jordan

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