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RAY BESSERDIN

Paper sculpture artist

Victoria,  AUSTRALIE

Tel. : +61 (0) 417 151 341

Email : ray@papersculptureartist.com

Site : www.papersculptureartist.com

 

 

 

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BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Ray Besserdin www.papersculptureartist.com, developed his love of paper in childhood, for drawing, painting and making all manner of objects.  Also loving nature and all that made the universe tick, drove Ray to graduate from La Trobe University in Biological Sciences, before returning to his passion for art.  At first, he successfully applied his natural skills to freelance design and illustration for advertising, design agencies and publishers. By 1989 Ray rediscovered his special childhood love of paper and returned with an all-consuming passion, setting the way for his future. Applying his undergraduate training in organic chemistry to reach a deep technical understanding of paper as a medium for art, he developed original techniques that have given him freedom to tackle his creative visions without barriers and know his work would provide long term archival integrity for generations to enjoy.

 

Ray's work ranges from miniature to gigantic, from abstract to ultra-realistic representation, and even wearable gowns. He has 17 international awards, including gold from New York. Corporate clients have included Macquarie Bank, Amcor and the Northern Territory Government of Australia, (for whom Ray created what included two 6.3 x 3.9 m paper sculptures, which on length by height are arguably the world’s largest), to mention just a few.  Private commissions hang in London, New York, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.

 

 

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

 

 

Freelance Graphic Designer / Illustrator to Advertising Agencies and Publishers, 1983 -1995

 

Graphic Designer / Illustrator to PMP (a Murdoch Media Company) principally for their Corporate Annual Reports, 1993-1995 inclusive.

 

Paper sculpture artist,1989 to present, becoming fully dedicated from 1996.

 

Artist in Residence, May 2017, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

 

Ray Besserdin Paper Sculpture Artist Gallery owner, Black Rock, Victoria, December 2016 to present.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

 

Bachelor of Science Degree, La Trobe University, graduated 1982. Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

12 Bronze Awards, Dimensional Awards Show, New York

 

2 Silver Awards, Dimensional Awards Show, New York

 

1 Gold Award, Dimensional Awards Show, New York

 

1 Gold Medal, International Print Advertising Awards, (for Paper Sculpture Artwork), New York

 

1 Bronze Bell Award, Institute of Advertising and Creative Design, Dublin

 

Shortlisted for Banyule Works on Paper, (any technique), 2017 Exhibition

 

Shortlisted for National Works on Paper, (any technique), 2018 Exhibition

 

Noteworthy:  The “White Peacock” Paper Sculpture Gown, designed and created by Ray Besserdin for a creative collaboration with photographic artist Vicky Papas-Vergara, won her image a Gold Award at the 2018 Wppi Awards, Las Vegas

 

 

MAJOR CORPORATE PAPER SCULPTURES COMMISSIONS INCLUDE

 

 

Northern Territory, Government of Australia: “Corporate Logo for Parks and Wildlife” (Bronze Award, NY);

 

“Life Cycle of the Red Kangaroo” 4-piece permanent public exhibit. (Bronze Award, NY);

 

“Life Cycle of the Bush Tomato” 4-piece permanent public exhibit, (Bronze Award, NY). 

 

Federation Commemorative 3-Piece Public Sculptures: “Dancing Brolgas pair”,

 

“Saltwater Crocodile with captured Barramundi” and “Frilled Lizard” Wildlife Symbols. (Arguably, to date the world’s largest paper sculptures based on length by height).

 

Amcor Packaging. “2000 and Beyond”, Corporate Mission Statement Artwork. (Bronze Award winning, NY)

 

Ford Performance Vehicles, FPV, division of Ford Motor Company Australia. (Silver Award winning, NY)

 

Macquarie Bank Australia. (Gold Award winning, NY)

 

Queensland Investment Corporation

 

 

 

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