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Besserdin
Ray
Australie
0417151341
Ray Besserdin, born to artist parents, began his passion with paper in childhood. He is entirely self-taught and has over thirty years’ experience, creating works that range from miniature to gigantic, abstract to ultra-realistic, but he terms his signature work “Impressionistic Sculptured Paper” capturing emotion, not realism. Ray uses mostly handmade and mould made, sheet formed cotton and mulberry papers from Europe and Asia. While he loves portraiture and compositions with hands because of their human expressiveness, nature is still his most beloved subject matter. Over his 30-year career, his private and corporate commissions hang in London, Munich, Tokyo to Manhattan, in New Zealand and throughout Australia.

Ray creates dimensional works in papers that he tears, teases and manipulates in innumerable ways as his palette. Most works are like bas reliefs, so his art is all of sculpture, yet at the same time he often builds scenes whereby he enters the domain normally that of painting. The works are extremely diverse and though they are entirely sculptured paper, some are up to 30cm deep and beyond 600cm long by 400cm high. Most are mounted onto a backing board that is coated in a large sheet of fine art papers. Occasionally, works may also be colour washed with fine inks that do not block the physical structure of the paper. Ray is also not averse to creating freestanding works from the same beautiful and seemingly delicate medium. His techniques result in the papers displaying extraordinary strength in self-support to the never ending surprise of viewers that such art can be created from papers.

SOLO:
2019 | Christie Spaces, | A 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
COMBINED:
2020 | The Convent Gallery |Collection of Recent Works | Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
2019 | Carrousel du Louvre / Mona Youssef Gallery Fine Arts | Australian & French Jazz Musician 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

A collection is in the planning and production of works based on the beauty of Insects. Completion expected end 2022 early 2023

- Merit Award | Patterns Competition | Grey Cube Gallery, USA 2021
- Merit Award | Botanicals Competition | Grey Cube Gallery , USA 2021
- Shared Merit Award | Sven Libaek Portrait and Anne Ducros Portrait | Faces Competition | Grey Cube Gallery, USA 2021
- Double Finalist | Red Sands Garden, Path to Gondwana | Stanthorpe Art Prize 2021 | Stanthorpe Regional Arts Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia | Jan 2021
- Mention Honorifique | A Call to Change | 2020 Professional Artists Awards | Mondial Art Academia, France | December 2020
- Silver Medal | To Seaside from Paper Landscapes | 2019 Professional Artists Awards | Mondial Art Academia, France | Jan 2020
- Artist of the Month | Mondial Art Academia, France | Oct 2019
- Two equal Second Places | To Seaside & The Red Sands Garden from Paper Landscapes | Botanical Exhibition| Art Room Contemporary Online Gallery | Dec 2019
- Third Place | Animal Sculpture (any medium) Exhibition | Frilled Lizard for Northern Territory Government | LightSpaceTime Gallery, USA | May 2019
- Gold Medal for Creativity | The Path to Gondwana from Paper Landscapes | 2018 Professional Artists Awards | Mondial Art Academia, France | Jan 2019
- People’s Choice Award | Endeavour’s Hands | National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria | Sep 2018
- First Place 3D Category | The Path to Gondwana from Paper Landscapes | Nature Art Exhibition, LightSpaceTime Gallery, USA | Nov 2018
- Second Place 3D Category | The Bush Tomato Life Cycle | Northern Terriory Government | Nature Art Exhibition | LightSpaceTime Gallery, USA | Nov 2018
- Second Place | The Red Sands Garden from Paper Landscapes | Botanicals Exhibition | LightSpaceTime Gallery, USA | Aug 2018
- Special Recognition | Beneath its Reign from Paper Landscapes | Botanicals Art Exhibition | LightSpaceTime Gallery, USA | Aug 2018
- Bronze Bell Award | Wave of Envelopes for Irish International | Institute for Creative Advertising and Design | Ireland | May 2017
- Gold | Flowing Synthesis for Macquarie Bank of Australia | Dimensional Awards Show | New York | Oct 1998
- Gold | Spine Safe for NRMA | International Print Advertising World Medals | New York | 1996
- Silver | Dick Johnson Portrait for Tickford Engineering/Ford Motor Company | Dimensional Awards Show | New York | 2000
- Silver | Spider Hunter Wasp - Private Collection | Dimensional Awards Show | New York | 1996
- 12 Bronze | Various Works | Dimensional Awards Show New York | 1992
- 2000

- ACS Magazine Chicago, USA | https://www.acs-mag.com/acsmagjanfeb2019
- Art & Museum Magazine, UK | Spring issue 2019 | https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/cf7a10_17f1d916693d45eaaa62137377741ade.pdf
- ZoneOneArts | 2018 | https://zoneonearts.com.au/ray-besserdin/

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The Red Sands Garden 95cmH x 95cmW x8cmD

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Green Dominion 110cmH x 220cmW x 14cmD

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Floral Plumage 83.5cmH x 153.5cmW x 6cmD

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Image 10
Endeavour's Hands 80cmH x 182cmW x 10cmD

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Mother's Heart 310cmH x 360cmW x 60cmD

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Birds of a Feather #1 40cmH x 40cmW x 6cmD

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Sven Libaek Australian Contemporary Composer 72cmH x 84cmW x 8cmD
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The Path to Gondwana 95cm H x 95cmW x8cmD

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A Call to Change 118cmH x 166cmW x 12.5cmD

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Image 8
Ancient Origins 106cmH x 90cmW x 7.5cmD

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Image 11
Flowing Synthesis 200cmH x 300cmW x 6cmD

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Rapturous Ascent 200cmH x 125cmW x 35cmD

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Image 17
Ann Ducros French Jazz Singer 72cmH x 84cmW x 8cmD

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Image 20
Federation Float Sculptures Crocodile & Barramundi with Dancing Brolgas390cmH x 630cmW x 60cmD
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To Seaside 95cmH x 95cmW x8cmD

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Spider Hunter Wasp 38cmH x 45cmW x 10cmD

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Dionysian Green Man 120cmH x 120cmW x 10cmD

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Little Girl Torn 95cmH x 95cmW x8cmD

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Image 15
Birds of a Feather #2 60cmH x 60cmW x 7cmD

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Image 18
Don Burrows Jazz Woodwind Legend 72cmH x 84cmW x 8cmD

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Image 21
Collection of Australian Wildflowers 30cmH x 25cmW x 4cmD (x6)