Raymond Biesinger

About

Raymond Biesinger is a Montréal-based illustrator and artist very into editorial and commercial work. He has been part of more than 1000 assignments on five continents since 2002. Raymond's other interests include: minimalism, maximalism, world and local history, equality, diversity, economics, music, science fiction, historic buildings, pictorial mazes, wall art, as well as preserving a 145-year-old home.

Latest Print Releases

100 Years of Canadian Design

A tribute to a century of Canadian design history and the graphic designers who designed it. Around this designer are a Seripop poster, Honest Ed’s sign, the 1968 Skidoo ad campaign in calendar format, a Kitchener-made Ruspan brochure circa 1952, a Richard Florida buzzterm, CN Railways clock, two litres of No Name brand something-or-other, a call for gender pay equity, studio cat, and the original 'Littlest Hobo' title card. In her desk: Wallpaper, Shift, and Applied Arts mags, a 1955 Eaton’s catalogue, Naomi Klein’s No Logo, a box of “pre-1940s ads, weird racist shit and pro-war posters,” a Northern Electric Baby Champ radio, the ’76 Olympics, Canadian Standards Association, Transcanada Airlines, National Film Board, CBC and Parks Canada logos, Ontario accreditation, a brayer, Lepage’s glue, hot wax paste-up machine, Rush’s 2112, etc...

Print measures 24 x 36", includes a 1.5" margin

Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.

Latest Print Releases

Discontinued snacks of Canada

While no serious historian would pretend Canada is the birthplace of the chocolate bar or the cradle of candy treats, we had a sweet thing going for most of the 20th century. Lowney's, Willa'rds, Neilson, Moirs, and others made delicious confections from home bases in Montréal, Toronto, Halifax, and elsewhere. In a collaboration with Brian Sheppard, they've collected thirty such confections, captioned them with vital information, and deployed them in deluxe print form. Pictures and writing were provided by Brian Sheppard and his physical archive of historic Canadian sweets packaging.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x 36". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.

Latest Print Releases

Complete Fantasy Coffee Mug Collection

This is an illustrated and collaged set of 104 real, almost-real, and definitely-not-real coffee mugs shoehorned into one enormous print. You could also call it a coded autobiography via modern hieroglyphics, and it sports footnotes (at bottom) to give you a scant hint at provenance and meaning.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x 36". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.

Raymond on his process:

You can think of much of my work as a collage that doesn’t look like a collage—pieces made from real-world lines, shapes, and textures scanned into a computer that’s used as an infinitely-forgiving Xerox machine, glue, and scissors. These “collaged” components lose their recognizability in the process, but through repetitive use bring flaws, eccentricities, and geometries that form a unique visual vocabulary. 

A 14 Print Series

Lost Buildings of Canada Print Series

Since 2017 Raymond has been immersed in the research and illustration of vanished Canadian architecture, and besides the surprise bestselling book on the subject he's also made fourteen prints capturing our nation's prematurely bulldozed, burned down, or otherwise disappeared structures of note.

Currently in the print series: a deluxe "37 Lost Buildings of Canada" silkscreened print and a collection of smaller prints that focus on Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Ville de Quebec, St. John's, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg. 

Print Details | The deluxe Canada silkscreened print measures 24 x 36" and other prints measure 18 x 24". Dimensions include an approximate 1.5" margin for the deluxe screen print, 0.5" for the other prints. Printed in an open edition, signed and dated on reverse.


37 Lost Buildings of Canada - Deluxe Screenprint


19 LOST BUILDINGS OF CALGARY


21 LOST BUILDINGS OF EDMONTON


20 LOST BUILDINGS OF HALIFAX


19 LOST BUILDINGS OF HAMILTON


18 BÂTIMENTS PERDUS DE MONTRÉAL


17 LOST BUILDINGS OF OTTAWA


18 BÂTIMENTS PERDUS DE LA VILLE DE QUÉBEC


21 LOST BUILDINGS OF SASKATOON


20 LOST BUILDINGS OF ST. JOHN'S


18 LOST BUILDINGS OF TORONTO


18 LOST BUILDINGS OF VANCOUVER


19 LOST BUILDINGS OF VICTORIA


18 LOST BUILDINGS OF WINNIPEG

Canadian Cities Screenprint Series

In April of 2012 what began as Raymond's attempt to get to know Canada’s architectural heritage turned into a four-year and ten-piece obsessively illustrated series of prints showing his adopted home city of Montreal, his old home town of Edmonton, and eight other Canadian cities during specific moments in their history. Montreal on the opening day of Expo ‘67? It’s there. Calgary on the opening day of the ‘88 Olympics? That too. Ottawa on VE day in 1945? Wouldn’t miss it for the world. Each print comprises between 50 and 125 specific landmarks and buildings, as well as a small square in each print that presents its title and historical date. Find the full series arranged below alphabetically, including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Ville de Quebec, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. 

Print Details | Each print measures 24 x 24". Screenprinted in Montreal with 1.5” margins in an open edition. Signed and dated on the reverse.


CITY OF CALGARY - 13 FEB 1988


CITY OF EDMONTON - 1 JULY 1983


CITY OF HALIFAX - 1 APRIL 1996


CITY OF HAMILTON - 30 OCTOBER 1958


VILLE DE MONTRÉAL - 27 APRIL 1967


CITY OF OTTOWA - 7 MAY 1945


VILLE DE QUÉBEC - 3 JULY 2008


City of Toronto - 26 June 1976


City of Vancouver - 3 September 1962


City of Winnipeg - 15 May 1919

Canadian Music Venues Print Series

What happens if you spend years playing in bands, love expressing information visually, and suddenly find the nightlife out of reach? These oversized maps of Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver music venues past and present, each spanning more than a dozen genres and a century of history. Punk, dance, jazz, alt, metal, thrash, hiphop, new wave, world beat, big band, weirdo, cabaret, hair band, space pop, regular pop, bluegrass, blues, folkie, swing and DIY music venues? They’re all there, along with their addresses and approximate years of activity. Note: Raymond stresses the word “approximate” here, as this series includes a large number of educated guesses and assumptions. Info about some of these venues is rare-to-nonexistent, so please excuse any errors, or drop Raymond an e-mail if you have anything to add or change.

Print Details | Prints measure 24 x 36". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Calgary Music Venues 1889-2021


Edmonton Music Venues 1908-2021


Halifax Music Venues - 1832-2022


Hamilton Music Venues 1850-2021


Toronto Music Venues 1851-2021


Vancouver Music Venues 1886-2021


Montréal Lieux de Musique 1900-2021


Ottawa Music Venues 1860s - 2022

Music as Medicine

If your Swedish lessons are going well and it was almost a decade ago, you could drop by Kmagasin.se and find this art print in its natural habitat, along with its partner, an illustration of Dr. Vitrola examining a patient. Art direction by Markus Hillborg.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.

Chronology of Edmonton Bands

This is an oversized one-colour silkscreened chart showing the complex evolution of the Edmonton music scene from 1950 to 2010. It started as an exercise in community memory; local musicians were asked to report bands they'd been in, their membership, and years of activity. 157 higher profile groups were picked from that info and given a slot on one of the chart's 20 lanes. On it you'll find such semi-known Edmonton hit makers as Cadence Weapon, Barry Allen, Willy & the Walkers, SNFU, Darkroom, the Wet Secrets, the King Beez, Brewtals, and Troyka. While not a complete picture, it is an excellent start to understanding Edmonton’s music history.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x36". Screenprinted in Montreal with 1.5” margins in an open edition. Signed and dated on the reverse.

A La Table Des Philosophes Print Series

Raymond spent most of early 2017 buried in Quebecois teacher and scholar Normand Baillargeon's A La Table Des Philosophes manuscript, exploring the link between philosophy, food, and how to best express that linkage via ten full-page chapter-starting illustrations. The whole set encompassed everything from gluttony to feasts, famines, food states, or even gastronomic news angles. These three art prints focus on the weight of considering what to eat, wine and society, and the zen of tea. Art direction was provided by Pierre-Antoine Robotaille.

Print Details | Prints measure 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


What To Eat


Wine Party


Zen Tea

Beef & Pork cuts Print Series

The art prints in this series include an accurate 13-point beef cut chart that Raymond made for the Sept. 2011 issue of the decor and home-keeping magazine 'Real Simple'. It was part of that issue's Fall BBQ guide, and represents the most streamlined end of his work. Sometimes it's best to say things with sparse type and careful forms instead of detail, detail, and detail. The cow's pork-cut chart buddy was made by Raymond a few years later as a companion piece.

Print Details | Prints measure 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Pork Cuts Chart


Beef Cuts Chart

Three Animals Print Series

While Raymond can't tell you why this fox, monkey, and cheetah were made, he can tell you that Cincinnati-based boutique design studio Holotype were a big part of it via agency partner and enthusiastic longtime collaborator Dale Doyle.

Print Details | Prints measure 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


The Cheetah


The Fox


The Monkey

Feline Anatomy

This is Cleo the studio cat's exterior and interior appearance, but you're free to project the identity of any cat you wish on it. It's for anyone who's ever stared into his or her favourite pet's eyes and asked "what's inside that thing?" Shown: accurately located olfactory mucosa, buccal molar glands, optic nerves, sclera, chin fluff, cheek fluff, etc. This print has landed in more than a dozen veterinary offices, and they’re unanimous: Raymond somehow hasn't made any anatomical mistakes.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.

Female & Male Anatomy Print Series

These are 36-point female and male anatomy charts. In them: the brain (including the parietal, frontal, occipital, and temporal lobes, cerebellum and brain stem), the thyroid, esophagus, lung (including trachea, main stem bronchus, bronchi, some bronchioles), liver (divided into two lobes), gallbladder, and such heart components as the aorta, ventricles, and pulmonary artery. Also, the stomach, duodenum, spleen, pancreas, kidney, intestines, etc. Mandatory wall art for any doctor’s office, med student residence, or human dwelling.

Print Details | Prints measure 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Female Anatomy


Male Anatomy

Polaroid Print Series

Are you ready for your close-up? Roughly based on a Polaroid 600, OneStep, and Impulse, Raymond originally made the blue one for the cover of old friend David Berry’s debut titled 'On Nostalgia' (Coach House Books) and the others just for fun. 

Print Details | Prints measure 24 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Blue polaroid


Red Polaroid


Yellow Polaroid

Lost Buildings of the USA Print Series

After a few years of just illustrating the lost buildings of Canada, it made sense for Raymond to extend the project south of the 49th paralell. Did it take some time? Yes. You can see the results here in the form of 17 city-specific prints that collectively include 350-plus demolished, burned down, and otherwise “lost” buildings, and a silkscreened giant  “best of” collection titled “35 Lost Buildings of the USA.” If you live in an American city or NY borough with more than 500000 inhabitants, that city is probably represented here, as well as a few others below that size.

Print Details | The deluxe USA silkscreened print measures 24 x 36" and other prints measure 18 x 24". Dimensions include an approximate 1.5" margin for the deluxe screen print, 0.5" for the other prints. Printed in an open edition, signed and dated on reverse.


Lost Buildings of the USA - Deluxe Screenprint


Lost Buildings of Austin


Lost Buildings of Brooklyn


Lost Buildings of Chicago


Lost Buildings of Dallas


Lost Buildings of Fort Worth


Lost Buildings of Houston


Lost Buildings of Los Angeles


Lost Buildings of Manhattan


Lost Buildings of Nashville


Lost Buildings of Philadelphia


Lost Buildings of Phoenix


Lost Buildings of Queens


Lost Buildings of San Antonio


Lost Buildings of San Diego


Lost Buildings of San Francisco


Lost Buildings of San Jose


Lost Buildings of The Bronx


Multigenerational living

This poster was originally a full-page colour explosion about multigenerational living arrangements for AD Emily Vezer in the July 2020 issue of Today’s Parent. It was twice bumped; once when Covid-19 straight up cancelled an issue, and then again when more pressing writing took its place. However, it did finally find itself in the print issue of the magazine and as an art print.

Print Details| Print measures 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Better Cities Through Design

It’s always a pleasure to stretch out and make tall illustrations in print, and this gentleman originally stood about 20" tall in the 25 June 2014 issue of the Washington Post accompanying a piece about that city’s (and many other cities') efforts at finding greater health through design. With and within him: urban gardens, bikes, the Anacostia River, pleasant stairwells, the Smithsonian Museum, pedestrian lanes, houses, green spaces, a Metrobus, a farmer's market and a chipper little dog.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x36". Screenprinted in Montreal with 1.5” margins in an open edition. Signed and dated on the reverse.


Hug Klub

Newsflash: Raymond Biesinger has a heart. Hug Klub is the wall art equivalent of unconditional and always-available comfort, so much that it includes a clearly labelled “hugging area” so you know where to stand even if you’re in a bad state and not thinking that straight.

Print Details| Print measures 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


The Affabet

While it’s not always easy to collaborate with a two-year old, The Affabet is a perfect union between Raymond and his little son Billy’s incredible ability to butcher the English language. Whether it’s wall art for your kid’s room or nursery, or a baby shower gift, let this be a reminder that the right ways sometimes aren’t the most amusing.

Print Details| Print measures 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Forageable Plants

This image has too many colours for Raymond's minimalist self to fully enjoy, but enough trusted people in his life have said “you need to make this into a print” that he's been convinced it’s a necessity. Here it is! Originally drawn for Sweet Potato in late 2021 accompanying an article about the forageable plants of Canada, it’s now ideal kitchen art for you and yours.

Print Details| Print measures 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Art

If you’re attentive to what Raymond does, you’ve probably noticed that he caught pictorial labyrinth fever in 2020. This is the latest symptom: a 24-point red-on-white 24x36” silkscreened print simply titled “Art”.  If you take the correct path you’ll get from your easel at bottom left to the cover of a prestigious (but niche) Canadian arts mag at top right. Take the wrong path? Well, good luck with that.  And yes, this is a mandatory purchase for all ex-, future, and current artists.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x36". Screenprinted in Montreal with 1.5” margins in an open edition. Signed and dated on the reverse.


Europe 1919 Game Print and Cards

This might just look like a map of Europe circa 1919, but it’s actually a map of Europe circa 1919 that Raymond made to be playable as the popular strategy board game Risk. It has 106 territories, 21 national bonus areas (in lieu of traditional Risk’s six continents), a deck of 112 game cards (versus the original game’s 42), and an infinite capacity to break friendships and suck up time. It’s doesn’t come with any army pieces or rules, but you could construct a set of the former from other sources and easily find a PDF of the latter online. Also, this just looks great on a wall.

Print Details | Print measures 24 x 24". Dimensions include a 1” margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. You’ll have to cut the cards out yourself.


Edmonton Civic Crest

This is a 2006 mangling of Edmonton’s civic crest, and it’s been printed on paper, shirts, stickers, legs, and biceps. What's going on with it? The city’s motto (“Industry, Integrity, and Progress”) was ditched for the first few ridiculous words Raymond could think of. Placing the pioneer’s head in Athena’s arm seemed like a good idea, and that gave space for a Soviet flag reflecting one of Edmonton’s nicknames, “Redmonton.” Athena lost her book of wisdom, a wine bottle and handgun was added, a “Flammable” logo replaced a rising sun, and a skull was subbed in for an industrious-looking sprocket (re: “Deadmonton”).

Print Details| Print measures 18 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.


Albertastan

In May of 2015 Canadian conservative politician Peter MacKay thought he was clever when he referred to the newly NDP-led Alberta as "Albertastan," and here Raymond is thinking he's clever by taking the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic's crest (used 1937-1992) and editing it a little. The original was made by Soviet graphic artist Ruben Arkadevich Shchyan, and included sun, oil rig, wheat, cotton, and slogans. Raymond tripled the number of oil rigs, replaced the cotton with wild roses, and made sure "get 'er done" figured prominently.

Print Details| Print measures 24 x 24". Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Printed in-studio with an Epson T3170 on ultra-premium matte paper in an open edition. Signed and dated on reverse.

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