The Secure Handshake Sculpture

Ray Besserdin


Sculpture, Paper on Other

Size: 18.9 W x 18.9 H x 2.4 D in

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High-level business dealing “Suits” in blue and grey represent two tycoons locked in an iron-clad handshake like hook and tow, firmly pinioned together in contract. Everything about them is cold steel polished and formal. The abstracted face-to-face heads in the background show stern, implacable, stoic dispositions. No place for soft-at-heart. A metaphor about dealing in the tough game of high stakes business. Study the piece up close you will see the fabric texture, and every thread of the sewn buttonholes. The steel looks like polished chromium, but it is entirely sculptured in paper, hand coloured with permanent inks. The background is hot pressed Arches of France 300gsm watercolour paper overlaid with 8gsm Japanese Tengushu. The hands are of mould-made hot-pressed calendared stocks of varying weights. The threads are created by fine slicing of paper strips. Box framed in a white satin enameled solid timber and glazed. Ready to hang. Finalist | Lethbridge 20000 Exhibition | Small Scale Art | QLD | Australia | 2022

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Sculpture:Paper on Other

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Size:18.9 W x 18.9 H x 2.4 D in

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Internationally acclaimed Paper Sculpture Artist from Melbourne, Australia. Ray Besserdin, has established a 35-year career that is recognised internationally with extensive awards to date, including two gold from New York, and a “Gold Medal for Creativity” from Mondial Art Academia, France. Born to artist parents, Ray’s techniques are entirely self-taught. He sculptures artworks dimensionally much like bas-reliefs working with “a palette of sheet-formed papers” that offer a wide spectrum of colours, textures, solidity, and delicate translucency. The stocks are mostly mould-made or handmade cotton, mulberry (Kozo), hemp and flax stocks from Europe and Asia. Works range from miniature to over 6 by 3.8 metres and vary from abstract to ultra-realistic. Inspired by painters of the French Impressionist Period, Ray pioneered and developed a technique to achieve their kind of aesthetic expression using sculptured torn papers three-dimensionally, where they used paint two- dimensionally. This “Impressionist Sculptured Paper” is what he considers his signature style. Its focus is to capture emotion, life, and expression over realism using torn, raw pieces arranged into the likeness of the subject yet always revealing the character and nature of the papers from which the subjects are created. Nature is his favourite subject matter. Works hang in private and corporate collections in London, Monaco, Munich, Manhattan, Tokyo, New Zealand and throughout Australia. Ray is Australian Ambassador for Mondial Art Academia, France.

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