Raymond Lemstra - Illustration for Arnon Grunberg's Christmas story for De Correspondent

Raymond Lemstra




Raymond Lemstra
Raymond Lemstra
December 6, 2015
Aya received her MA in English Language and Literature in 2012. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets.

Raymond Lemstra is a Dutch artist, born in Groningen. He is known for his drawings which portray characters with strange features.

The artist went to art school in his hometown. When he was a child, he liked climbing trees, drawing, and watching cartoons. His favorite movies included Star Wars, Back to the Future and D.A.R.Y.L.

The works of Raymond Lemstra always have a story

Raymond Lemstra - Circle
Raymond Lemstra – Circle

Lemstra’s creative process is intuitive and resembles the way children draw, just using their own imagination. The artist tries to recreate the sense of wonder one has as a child. He applies primitive techniques and emphasizes certain parts visually, when creating his fantasy creatures. Raymond is interested in creating narratives for his subjects, and hearing the stories read into his drawings. First, he makes preparatory drawings, and then, he diligently and quickly draws his characters with pencil.

One of the artist’s favorite works

Raymond Lemstra - Snout
Raymond Lemstra – Snout

His collaborated with Mercedes-Benz, Nokia, The New York Times, Arnon Grunberg and Nobrow magazine. Lemstra finds inspiration in travelling, music, spending time with his friends, the works of Otomo Katsuhiro and Moebius, Haruki Murakami’s books and the people who invest a lot of energy into their passions.

His works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.

The illustration Lemstra made for Beautiful/Decay book

Raymond Lemstra - Joy Ride
Raymond Lemstra – Joy Ride

He is represented by Kallenbach Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Raymond Lemstra works and lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Featured image: Raymond Lemstra – Illustration for Arnon Grunberg’s Christmas story for De Correspondent (detail)
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014ESPECIALLY YOU, with Wayne Horse, Stefan Glerum and Jon FoxMOHS Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmarkgroup
2014THE PORTRAIT GALLERYPictoplasma, Berlin, Germanygroup
2014Works on PaperKallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2014Cabinet of CuriosityGallery 33, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2014CHARACTER PORTRAITS by PictoplasmaMuseum for Contemporary Art MARCO, Monterrey, Mexicogroup
2014BridgeArt Basel, Miami, USgroup
2014SALAO COBOI XColette, Paris, Francegroup
2014White MonstersEveryday Mooonday, Seoul, South Koreagroup
2013TORPORAF Gallery, Cologne, Germanyduo
2013MELANGEUltra de la Rue, Amsterdam, The Netherlandssolo
2013Works on PaperKallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2013CIRCLEThe Nut, Shanghai, Chinasolo
2013WHITE NOISELa Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spaingroup
2013LTD. EDITIONKazerne Zürich, Zurich, Switzerlandgroup
2012Pictoplasma KitchenBerlin, Germanygroup
2012Gallery Opening KallenbachKallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2012Art AmsterdamAmsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2012GrenzeloosStedelijk Museum Kampen, The Netherlandsgroup
201240x30Gallery LJ, Paris, Francegroup
2012RAW Art FairRooftop Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2012Line WeightGallery Nucleus, Los Angeles, USgroup
2012TWEE with Lennard SchuurmansAlley Gallery, Hasselt, Belgiumduo
2011Spring / Summer CollectionCreate Berlin, Berlin, Germanysolo
2011EEN WEEKGO Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2011Prints & the RevolutionRokin 75, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup
2011COMMAPalazzo Penna and Galleria Miomao, Perugia, Italygroup
2011VORM with Stefan Glerum and Louis ReithNeonchocolate, Berlin, Germanygroup
2011STROKE Art fairBerlin, Germanygroup
2011BLOOOM Art fairCologne, Germanygroup
2011Automne - Hiver 2011Bold Hype Gallery, New York, USsolo
2010Shared exhibition with SjocosjonAF Gallery, Cologne, Germanyduo
2010BLOOOM Art fairCologne, Germanygroup
2010Het KabinetStudio K, Amsterdam, The Netherlandsgroup