Saturday, March 27, 2010

New work!

Here are some new paintings recently completed and available through Lahaina Galleries:

The Investigation

Along our path we are constantly surprised by the tricks and turns life can take as we head toward our own everlasting light.  Sometimes, things occur that are difficult to explain or accept.  We end up interrupting our journey to stop and try to find out what has occurred.  The clues we find are seldom clear and we are often left with more questions than answers.  This painting was inspired from my reading of Watership Down by Richard Adams, which is essentially a mythic tale of a rabbit's heroic attempt to save his community.  His journey is fraught with danger as his adventures unfold.  Adams said of his writing that he wanted to create something that was both real and unreal at the same time. In this painting we are asked to make our own investigation as to what is going on in this scene around the oak tree.  Some clues are provided, but perhaps the ultimate answer is closer to Adams' intentions.     — Robert Bissell 

The Divers

This setting is taken from a painting by Howard Terpning, who depicted American Indians, often in the landscape of the south-western United States.  I like to think that bears really like waterfalls and I have always imagined them having a load of fun jumping off the tops of the cliffs into the deep water when we aren't looking.  Since we don't really know this for sure, I have attempted to show this by implication and I hope viewers have fun pondering this.
—Robert Bissell


Maya here refers to the term used in Hindu philosophy to describe the limited physical and mental reality in which we become entangled.  This is often described as an illusion that is neither real or unreal, true or untrue. The water drops or bubbles are but a transitory part of a greater whole (ocean) that we need to see through in order to gain enlightenment .  Of course, as we see through the illusions that are before us, the one thing we can be sure of is that there always will be more challenges to our own perception of reality. — Robert Bissell

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