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— Robert Bissell
While it is clear that artist Robert Bissell (American, b. England 1952) derives his inspiration from the animal world, his paintings are not simply portraits of bears, rabbits, and other creatures. They are allegories for the challenges and discoveries all living beings encounter on life’s journey.
Bissell’s work is largely informed by the writings of the mythologist Joseph Campbell (American, 1904–1987), who held that myths from disparate cultures and eras all share fundamental structures. Bissell’s reading of Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces initiated his own journey as artist to portray “the callings we have, the quests we undertake, difficulties we share, helping hands that appear out of nowhere (it seems), and finally the elations and conclusions we all have in common.”
Hero: The Paintings of Robert Bissell is organized according to the construct of Campbell’s hero’s journey. Each of the 10 chapters—from “Genesis” and “Vision” through “Crossing” and “Initiation” to “Return” and “Elixir”—presents paintings that interpret these archetypal experiences. Bissell’s grand and detailed landscapes provide Edenic stages for each scene in the journey.
Carl Little’s introduction offers biographical background and explores Bissell’s process, motivations, and revelations, and the artist has supplied brief stories for many of the paintings. The path of human experience is joyfully recounted in Hero, illuminated by Bissell’s animals, who invite our contemplation as they mirror our own quests, conundrums, and resolutions.
Robert Bissell’s artistic goal is to take viewers to a place of increased awareness, even if only fleetingly. To do this, he paints serene landscapes inhabited by magical creatures—often creatures that stand on two legs, mirroring human existence. Bissell’s paintings of bears invite a childlike sense of wonder, appreciation for our precarious connection with the natural world, and contemplation of life’s transitions and mysteries. Trained at the Royal College of Art in London, Bissell (American, b. England 1952) regularly exhibits in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe.
Contemplative and calmly adrift in quiet bits of time, Robert Bissell’s bears seem to lead lives as complex and thought-filled as those led by humans. Whether observing the start of a new day, lazing in a river, or standing with apparent disregard as a tornado approaches, the bears draw us into their wonderfully surrealistic world. Raised on a farm in England and trained at the Royal College of Art in London, Bissell retains his love of animals and rural life. He lives in Northern California and regularly exhibits in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe
Robert Bissell (American, b. England 1952) The Swimmer, 2010 Oil on canvas, 121. 9 x 91. 4 cm (48 x 36 in. ) Private collection
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Robert Bissell paints serene landscapes inhabited by magical creatures—often creatures that are fond of standing on two legs, as they are particularly good mirrors of human existence. His paintings invite a childlike sense of wonder, appreciation for our precarious connection with the natural world, and contemplation of life’s transitions and mysteries.
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The bears in Robert Bissell’s universe lead lives as seemingly complex and thought-filled as those led by humans. They are sometimes playful, sometimes contemplative and lost in a world known only to them. Whatever the activity, Bissell’s delightful bears draw us into their world and invite a closer look. Here, a group of six bears—most standing upright, all peering upward—are surrounded by swirling clouds of blue butterflies. Are the bears idly curious? Pondering the mysteries of nature? They’re too spellbound to tell us.
Robert Bissell grew up on a farm in England, surrounded by the beauty and magic of the natural world. In his paintings, he loves to playfully imagine the lives and experiences of wild animals, such as the gentle encounter portrayed here. When he isnít painting rabbits and butterflies, he paints bears, rats, kangaroos, dragonflies, and a host of other creatures. Thoughtfully crafted with large pieces, PomegranateKidsģ 300-piece interlocking jigsaw puzzles combine kid-friendly artwork, superb color reproduction, and sturdy construction to delight young puzzle solvers for years to come.
When Robert Bissell isnít painting bears, he paints rabbits, butterflies, rats, kangaroos, dragonflies, and a host of other animals. His paintings are large, dreamy, playful, allegorical meditations on the experiences of these animals and, by extension, of human animals.
Rabbits and Bears coloring book features 20 drawings based on the original works of art by Robert Bissell. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed. Click on the small picture to see an interior page.