Spirit, as Robert Bissell says, is nearly impossible to describe. It’s full of magic and mystery, and you can find it only when you allow yourself to experience it firsthand. This is something best done in the natural world.
Zoomorphism—using animals to show us human qualities—is Bissell’s way of pointing out, with a smile or a nod, that we are all part of a multidimensional world. Humans are animals too, sharing spirit with the rest of the universe, but our curiosity often takes us into an exploration of our consciousness, where we can discover courage, loving-kindness, and compassion.Spirit: The Art of Robert Bissell
includes more than 130 of Bissell’s artworks that help illuminate the universal quest into the world of spirit. His familiar bears and rabbits are joined by elephants and humans as they find love and connection. Spirit guides offer help along the way, but in the end, each of us takes a unique journey through life, and the end is simply the beginning of a new adventure.
Bissell often finds inspiration through the insights of others, and quotations from other travelers accompany his artworks.About the Artist and Author
As a child growing up on a farm, Robert Bissell (American, b. England 1952) immersed himself in the world of animals. His keen interest in visuals began at an early age as he documented life around him through photographs. After studying graphic design and obtaining a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to San Francisco and had a successful career in retail advertising before dedicating himself to painting full-time. He lives in London and regularly exhibits in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe. More of Bissell’s works can be found in Hero: The Paintings of Robert Bissell