Painter, printmaker, draughtsman and furniture designer, born in Fairford, Gloucestershire. He was the son of a coal miner and was a miner himself for several years. Having been gassed during service in France during World War I Bissill studied at Nottingham School of Art, 1920–1. In the early 1920s he moved to London, working for a time as a pavement artist, but was given a solo show at Redfern Gallery in 1924. Also exhibited RA, NEAC, Maltzahn Gallery and Abbott and Holder. Although a landscape painter, Bissill is notable for his powerful images of miners at work. Tate Gallery holds his Landscape, Layton. Lived at Ashmansworth, near Newbury in Berkshire.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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