The Art of William S. Phillips: The Glory of Flight
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Title: The Art of William S. Phillips: The Glory of...
Publisher: Greenwich Workshop, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1994
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good with Light Rubbing.
Signed: Inscribed by the Artist
Edition: First Edition.
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Edward Parks has done a masterful job of interpreting the art of Bill Phillips. Mr. Parks was a fighter pilot (P-39's) in New Guinea at the start of WWII and after the war became a nationally recognized writer for the National Geographic and later, for the Smithsonian Institute. His first hand knowledge of flying combined with an incredible gift for prose makes "The Glory of Flight" a perfect match between artist and writer. Bill Phillips is undoubtedly America's premier aviation artist. His ability to capture the experience of seeing the world from aloft is truly inspiring. "The Glory of Flight" is a must for any aviation enthusiast. The title says it all!From Booklist:
The common adornment of flight museums and air force bases is the framed print of a classic plane in dramatic action, and Phillips has been supplying such representations for years. Most commonly, he settles on World War II vintage war birds engaging in dogfights or limping home damaged. P-38s, B-17s, Spitfires, and P-51s dominate this album of 80-plus colorplates, followed in number by the supersonic fighters currently in service. Phillips often pictures them at flattering angles as they pass over prominent landmarks, such as Crater Lake, the cliffs of Dover, or the Grand Canyon, highlighted by the low-angle ruddiness of sunsets. Drawing on his imagination, his conversations with pilots, and his Vietnam experience as a base guard watching planes return, Phillips wields his brush with the technical accuracy fighter jocks insist upon. The visual experience overcomes the corny captions, and although the book is pricey, a select number of libraries--those near air bases?--should see aviation aficionados crack open this collection. Gilbert Taylor
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