Fostering the development, practice and love of art throughout the community.

Besly, Bryan J H

Bryan J H Besly OAM

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Contact Details:

Phone – 02 9908 2106     Email –

B E (Qld) Dip Fine Art (JAAS) FIEAust CPEng

Bryan was born in Brisbane in 1934 and graduated in civil engineering from the University of Queensland in 1955. He practiced as a professional engineer in Australia and overseas from 1956 to 1994.In 1966 he and his family moved to Melbourne and he has lived in Sydney since 1993

Bryan has maintained an interest in art since childhood with the encouragement and guidance of his family. His training in art includes:

Brisbane Polytechnical College – 1945- 6 – drawing.

Caroline Barker – 1950-1952 – design,drawing and painting

Jon Molvig – 1956-7  -painting

Reshid Bey – 1969-1976 – painting

Julian Ashton Art School – 1993 to 2003 – composition ,drawing and painting.

In 2001 he was awarded a Diploma of Fine Art by the Julian Ashton Art School

Overseas travel destinations include France, Italy, United Kingdom , Vienna, Venice, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Nigeria, South-east Asia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Fiji and Texas.

His work is in the University of Queensland and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, England, USA, and Italy.

Bryan was President of the Mosman Art Society, Sydney 1995 to 2005. Honorary Life Member of Mosman Art Society since 2005.

In January, 2017, he was awarded an Order of Australian Medal for services to engineering and visual arts.

For each portrait his aim is to produce a painted image, which portrays his reaction to that person; how he feels as well as what he sees. Hopefully, the finished work will give an insight into the subject’s character and personality.

“Without obligation” commissions accepted.