Bissell Robert

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“Animals are Good for Thinking” --Claude Levi-Strauss

Borrowing a quote from the French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss to entitle this exhibit, Robert Bissell, like his painting style, tells us with direct clarity about the meaning of his art. He uses animals as protagonists of his narratives. However, the appearance of animals does not make them mere children’s tales. Quite to the contrary, as William Zimmer art critic for The New York Times warns, “Bissell’s work disarms by narrating vitally grown-up and urgent allegories in the guise of child-like humor.”

Bissell’s paintings are in fact animal allegories that reflect the human disposition. Lured into a realm devoid of humans, the animal characters allow us to more objectively consider our own condition and place in nature. His paintings bring us to reflect upon the environment, life, death, renewal, and stages of transition, as departing from the safety of family to make our way in the world.

As a hallmark of excellent painters, Bissell creates a completely different atmosphere from our daily existence and invites us into his visual imagination to learn more about ourselves. His work is full of charged meaning, lore and touched by surrealism. Influenced by the surreal legacy of Magritte, he likewise mixes scales and uses gigantism with a variety of textures and subtle color palettes. Literature is the stimulus for some of his paintings, such as the poetry of Coleridge. While beautiful and vast, his landscapes often reveal the alarming power of nature.

Bissell grew up in Somerset, England, and thus, retains in his love of art a love of rural life, Celtic legends and panoramic landscapes. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Masters in Fine Art Photography with which he launched his earlier career in advertising. Robert Bissell is the creator/author of the book The Dream Road, featuring his paintings and short stories.

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CategoriesOriginal Reproductions, Paintings and Sculpture
Stylesunknown
SubjectsBear, Rabbit, Elephant, Butterfly, Chemtrails, Environment, Frog and Sleeping
MediumsGiclee on Canvas, Oil on Canvas and Bronze
SeriesGiclée on Canvas and Sculpture

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'Enchantment "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
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Wall Art, Original Reproductions
'Rapture "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
11x17", 28x43" Giclee on Canvas
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'The Bathers "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
15x20", 23x38" Giclee on Canvas
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'The Exiles "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
16x15", 36x33" Giclee on Canvas
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'Rhapsody "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
11x17", 25x38" Giclee on Canvas
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'Reflection "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
15x20", 32x43" Giclee on Canvas
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'Metamorphosis "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
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'Oracle "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
16x16", 34x34" Giclee on Canvas
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'Aviators "Giclée on Canvas"' by Bissell Robert
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'Vista' by Bissell Robert
24x30" Oil on Canvas
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'The Revenant' by Bissell Robert
24x20" Oil on Canvas
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'The Resolve' by Bissell Robert
24x34" Oil on Canvas
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'The Oracle' by Bissell Robert
44x46" Oil on Canvas
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'The Departure' by Bissell Robert
18x24" Oil on Canvas
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'Exchange "Sculpture"' by Bissell Robert
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Standing Art, Sculpture
'AM with Butterfly "Sculpture"' by Bissell Robert
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'AM "Sculpture"' by Bissell Robert
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