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.
Although the English-born Bissell started out surrounded by animals on his childhood farm, he did not start out a painter. After studying photography in London and later moving to America, he spent a decade in the corporate world before starting his own catalog company. Soon, however, he decided to follow his heart and create art full-time. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is represented by galleries in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Oregon, and Virginia, as well as a gallery in France.
(WARNING: Choking hazard—small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.)