Robert Bissell grew up on a farm in Somerset, England, where animals, Celtic legends and panoramic landscapes were part of his daily life. His keen interest in visuals began at an early age, documenting life around him through photography. But ultimately, country life was not for him and Bissell headed for the city to study art. After earning his bachelor's degree at the Manchester College of Arts and Technology, Bissell moved to London for post-graduate work at the Royal College of Art.
After completing his studies, Bissell spent the next four years traveling the world and finally settled in San Francisco, California. He worked as a photographer in the corporate world for more than a decade when he decided to dedicate himself full time to painting."I had forgotten why I wanted to be an artist in the first place", he said.
Robert Bissell considers himself an "imaginary realist", creating a different atmosphere from our daily experience. In his paintings, the world of animals is a mirror for human existence, self-definition and reflection. These are not mere children's tales, quite the contrary, Bissell's work causes us to reflect on the environment, life, death, renewal, stages of transition and making our way in the world. Bissell hopes his paintings appeal to the intellectual child in us. His work encourages us to reflect on nature, the roads we travel and the choices we make along the way. His story encourages us to follow our passions and have the courage to do what is meaningful to us-whatever that might be.
Bissell regularly exhibits in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe.