NEW RELEASE! All that is Glorious Around Us - Limited-Edition
"When I began this painting, I had imagined a simple setting on a mountain with not too much going on. As the painting progressed, I began thinking about roaming the fields as a small child and having "everything all around me all at once", a total immersion into nature, having grasses, flowers, and insects touching me. At first, this seemed overwhelming, but I soon realized I could look at the beauty of all this nature, up close. I observed things in intense detail and understood the world differently from that point in time. Many years later I became fascinated by the Romantic movement in art from the early nineteenth century when artists began using their imagination more, inspired by a new sensibility and emotional response to the natural world around us. The title of this painting is often attributed to a phrase from Emerson who suggested that humans honor and reciprocate that which nature gives us. It was then I decided to have the bear immersed in the fullness of the natural landscape." — Robert Bissell
"Animals are good for thinking." Claude Levi-Strauss
Early tribal cultures believed the natural world to be the bridge connecting earth and spirit. Animals were regarded as powerful spiritual beings that could connect humans to unseen realms, the natural world, and each other. Along these lines, Robert Bissell creates and transports us to a completely different atmosphere from modern daily life and invites us to learn more about ourselves.
In his animal paintings, the world of animals is a mirror for human existence, self-definition and self-reflection. Yet, these are not mere children's tales. "Bissell's work disarms by narrating vitally grown-up and urgent allegories in the guise of child-like humor," William Zimmer, art critic for The New York Times warns.
Bissell's paintings explore the idea that animals have metaphysical importance to our own spiritual well-being. Lured into a realm devoid of humans, the animal characters require we consider our own condition and place in nature. While whimsical at first glance, there is underlying tension and precariousness beneath the images. Disarmed, we objectively consider ourselves without familiar references.
"His animal work is full of charged meaning, lore and touched by surrealism", said Suzanne Bellah, Director Carnegie Art Museum. Influenced by the surreal legacy of Magritte, he mixes scales and uses gigantism with a variety of textures and subtle color palettes.
These paintings are reflections on the environment, life, death, renewal and stages of transition. Departing from the safety of family, and making our way in the world--conjuring up something simultaneously real and unreal, the work appeals to the intellectual child in all of us.
Bissell grew up in Somerset, England, and retains in his love of art, a love of rural life, Celtic legends and panoramic landscapes. His keen interest in visuals began at an early age while documenting life around him through photographs. After studying graphic design and obtaining a Masters Degree from The Royal College of Art in London, Robert moved to San Francisco and began a successful career in retail advertising. After 15 years, he decided to devote all his time to painting. He currently lives in Northern California with his wife and their Springer Spaniel. Robert regularly exhibits in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe.
Mini - 16" x 10" - Limited-Edition of 100
Medium - 38 x 24" - Edition of 75
Large - 46 x 29" - Edition of 50
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