“As a child I looked at a piece of paper and got excited at all the possible things I could create with it. Nothing has changed.”
Ray Besserdin is an internationally acclaimed Paper Sculpture Artist in Melbourne, Australia. Born to artist parents, he began his passion with paper in childhood, about the time he also become fascinated with nature. Graduating from La Trobe University in Biological Sciences, 1982, he immediately returned to his greater passion for art and soon began developing sculpture techniques with paper. Ray’s work ranges from miniature to gigantic, from abstract to ultra-realistic. His signature work is a style he terms “Impressionistic Sculptured Paper”, associating it with the painting style of that name because it is only loosely representative, and concerned with capturing emotive responses, not realism. “I want my work to speak to the viewers’ hearts”. Ray uses mostly handmade and mould-made, sheet-formed cotton and mulberry papers from Europe and Asia. Nature is still his most beloved subject matter.
His artworks are prized by collectors and art lovers worldwide. It has led to prestigious corporate commissions from Macquarie Bank, Amcor, Australian Government, Spicers Australia/KPP Japan, and a commemorative Dick Johnson portrait for Ford Motor Company, to mention a few. Private commissions hang in London, Munich, Manhattan, Tokyo, New Zealand and throughout Australia.
In a career spanning over 30 years since innovating his technique, awards now exceed twenty and include two gold from New York, and a coveted Gold Medal for Creativity in France, 2018.
◼ ZoneOneArts https://zoneonearts.com.au/ray-besserdin/
◼ ACS Magazine Chicago, USA https://www.acs-mag.com/acsmagjanfeb2019 and
◼ Art & Museum Magazine, UK https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cf7a10_17f1d916693d45eaaa62137377741ade.pdf
◼ Artist in residence for Umbrella Contemporary Art Studio, Townsville Queensland Australia. Appointed the Australian Ambassador for Mondial Art Academia, France in 2018
◼ Masterclass in Paper Sculpture for Professional Artists | Ministry of Culture and Communications & Ministry of Higher Education Québec | Maison des Metier d’Art, Québec | Sep 2019
RECENT EXHIBITION HISTORY
◼ 2020 | The Convent Gallery | Recent Collection of Work |
◼ 2019 | Carrousel du Louvre / Mona Youssef Gallery Fine Arts | Jazz Musicians Portraits | Paris, France
◼ 2018 | Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia | National Works on Paper
◼ 2017 | The Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Victoria, Australia | Works on Paper
◼ 2019 | Christie Spaces, | Nature Collection | Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
◼ 2019 | The National Trust Victoria, Rippon Lea Estate | Paper Landscapes | Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia
◼ 2019| Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne Gallery | Paper Landscapes | Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia
◼ Jon Dwyer Fine Art, Australia
◼ Paks Gallery | K. Heinz Playner | Schloss Hubertendorf 32, Vienna, Austria
◼ Mention Honorifique, International Professional Artists Prize, Mondial Art Academia, France 2020
◼ Double finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
◼ Silver Medal, International Professional Artists Prize, Mondial Art Academia, France 2019
◼ Gold Medal for Creativity, Mondial Art Academia, France 2018
◼ People’s Choice Award, National Works on Paper, MPRG Victoria 2018
◼ 2 Honourable Mentions Nature Art Exhibition, LightSpaceTime, Florida, USA 2018
◼ First Prize Nature Art Exhibition, LightSpaceTime, Florida, USA 2018
◼ Special Recognition Botanicals Art Exhibition, LightSpaceTime, Florida, USA 2018
◼ Second Prize Botanicals Art Exhibition, LightSpaceTime, Florida, USA 2018
◼ Bronze Cast Bell Award, ICAD Dublin, Ireland 2017
◼ Gold Dimensional Awards Show, New York 1998
◼ Gold, International Print Advertising World Medals, New York 1996
◼ 2 Silver Dimensional Awards Show, New York from 1992 onward
◼ 12 Bronze Dimensional Awards Show, New York from 1992 onward
◼ La Trobe University | Biological Sciences Degree | 1982
Portraits created in impressionist 3-dimensional sculptured paper style. Base is constructed from 300gsm Arches Hot Press pure cotton papers, overlain with Hahnemuhle 300gsm NOT cotton art paper. Finished in Japanese 30gsm mulberry Kozo and 4gsm hemp paper for the hair.
Fantasy recreation of the ancient mythical Green Man from as far back as Roman times. This version is created as a tribute in the memory of a dearly beloved who passed away, where memories are no longer complete images but fragments.
Young Aboriginal girls in particular are suffering conditions of living driving them to take their own lives at unprecedented levels, some as young as 10 years old. The despair is clearly visible in this young girl, a tear in her eye. She is torn with no future to live for, her world around her disintegrating and disappearing; world she didn't choose. Created to bring attention to the plight of these beautiful people, so easily overlooked because of the remoteness of the environments in which they live away from the cities.
Tribute to a favourite classy, powerful French Jazz performer.
Tribute to a favourite classy and very versatile French female singer
Nature subjects created in 3-dimensional sculptured paper, both in extreme realism and in my signature impressionist style, concerned with capturing the life of the subjects without being held down by details. Papers are extremely archival hand made and mould-made cotton, mulberry and hemp fibre sourced from ancient mills in Europe and across Asia, including Japan.
Impressions of the Red Sands Garden of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Native landscapes
Impression of strolling from the Visitor Centre through the treed zones leading to the Gondwana Gardens of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne Native landscapes
Impression of strolling from the picnic area over Howson Hill to the Seaside landscapes of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne native landscapes