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The Golden Hour Limited-Edition

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Title: The Golden Hour
Artist: Robert Bissell
Medium: Giclée on Canvas
Original Medium: Oil Painting on Canvas - SOLD
*This original piece has sold, however the artist is available for commissions!
Style: Imaginary Realism

The Golden Hour oil painting by Robert Bissell features bears surrounded by enchanting butterflies in the woods.  This piece features mountain vistas and a setting sunset.  The Golden Hour is available as a limited edition giclée print on canvas in three different sizes.

"Towards the end of a beautiful day, when our world becomes bathed in a golden light, we can pause at the threshold where increasing darkness will fold the day's experience into night. All becomes silent as the twilight presence of our world displays its detail and radiance. It is at this moment our souls are drawn towards the setting sun to merge and finally accept the inheritance of darkness. Here we can once again be one with the cradle of origin whose mysteries will arise at dawn." - Robert Bissell

Giclée on Canvas

Limited Editions

Small Works 19.5" x 15" - Edition of 250 - Sold Out
Collectors Edition 35" x 27" - Edition of 150 - Sold Out
Collectors Artist Proof Hand-Enhanced 35" x 27" - Edition of 75 - SOLD OUT
Deluxe Edition 48" X 37" - Edition of 75 - Sold Out
Deluxe Artist Proof Hand-Enhanced 48" X 37" - Edition of 35 - Sold Out

About the Artist:

"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.


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