Artist Interview: Raymond Lemstra

Illustration // Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Inspired by primitive art, Raymond Lemstra focuses on using the most basic components of drawing to evoke a visceral human response. The world Lemstra continues to build with every drawing is both subdued and wonderfully rich, full of mystery and totemic power. "I would happily embrace any comparison to how a kid starts drawing," says Lemstra in our interview, in which he expands on the primitive technique, being an illustrator, his childhood in the Netherlands and hanging out with Moebius.

Illustrations by Raymond Lemstra

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 08, 2013
Using inspiration from primitive art, Raymon Lemstra illustrates beautiful pencil drawings 'tinted with soft watercolor hues.' The often surreal figures have different parts of their body emphasized based on the interest level. Some of his more recent work bizarrely and oddly shaped creatures, ghoulish faces, and fantastic totems. 

Raymond Lemstra's Populated Worlds

Illustration // Thursday, November 08, 2012
Dutch artist Raymond Lemstra's linear and colorful illustrations often veer into the disconcerting or the grotesque. Interested in the curiosity and raw imagination of childhood fantasies, Lemstra attempts to bridge the gap between adulthood and the infinite wonder of childhood by creating fantasy worlds populated with the figures of his creation.


Illustration // Tuesday, January 24, 2012
"In childhood one encounters and experiences many things for the first time," says Dutch artist Raymond Lemstra. "Through curiosity and imagination, these moments are lifted to almost magical heights. I try to bring back the sense of wonder we remember from being a child, bridging the young and mature, by creating a contained fantasy world populated by my characters."

The Work of Raymond Lemstra

Illustration // Friday, December 16, 2011
Raymond Lemstra uses inspiration from primitive art in order to create his illustrations, in the sense that he puts emphasis on different parts of the body in accordance to their interest level. His work is incredibly surreal and his figures are highly resolved in order to contrast the primitive thought process of his work.

@ Bold Hype Gallery: Raymond Lemstra Tonight, Scott Scheidly & Andrew Spear Next Week

Juxtapoz // Thursday, November 03, 2011
Two new shows are set to open at NYC's Bold Hype Gallery: Raymond Lemstra tonight, November 3, and Scott Scheidly & Andrew Spear showing new works next week starting on November 10. Lemstra's show tonight is part of the Pictoplasma NYC gallery walk.


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