Hardcover book, with jacket.
140 pages with 130 full-color reproductions.
Size: 12 ½ x 10 ½ inches.
Includes chronology and index of artworks.
Hero: The Paintings of Robert Bissell is organized according to the construct of Campbell’s hero’s journey. Each of the 10 chapters—from “Genesis” and “Vision” through “Crossing” and “Initiation” to “Return” and “Elixir”—presents paintings that interpret these archetypal experiences. Bissell’s grand and detailed landscapes provide Edenic stages for each scene in the journey.
Carl Little’s introduction offers biographical background and explores Bissell’s process, motivations, and revelations, and the artist has supplied brief stories for many of the paintings. The path of human experience is joyfully recounted in Hero, illuminated by Bissell’s animals, who invite our contemplation as they mirror our own quests, conundrums, and resolutions.