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 makes the universe tick, drove Ray to graduate from La Trobe University in Biological Sciences, before returning to his passion for art. At first, he applied his natural skills in design and illustration as a freelancer to advertising agencies and publishers. By 1989 Ray’s childhood love of paper returned to become an all-consuming passion, setting the way for his future. With a vision of creative possibilities helped by his science background, he developed original techniques based on a deep understanding of paper that would provide long term archival integrity for generations to enjoy, and investment in.
Ray's work ranges from miniature to gigantic, from abstract to ultra-realistic representation, and even wearable gowns. His most beloved pieces exhibit what some have described as, “a flowing motion that stimulates emotion”, and in his Gallery, not uncommonly brings a tear to the eye. Ray has 17 international awards, including two gold from New York. Corporate clients have included Macquarie Bank, Amcor and the Northern Territory Government of Australia, (for whom he 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.
Bachelor of Science Degree, La Trobe University, graduated 1982. Melbourne, Australia
MAJOR CORPORATE PAPER SCULPTURES COMMISSIONS INCLUDE
“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. (These are to date the world’s largest paper sculptures based on length by height).