RAYMOND LEMSTRA FROM AMSTERDAM
Raymond Lemstra is an illustrator based in Amsterdam/The Netherlands. His work is influenced by childhood curiosity and magic, bridging the young and mature, by creating a contained fantasy world populated with his characters. His style is characterized with a highly precise drawing technique. He has exhibited in Shanghai, Paris, Madrid, Zurich and Los Angeles just to name a few destinations.
CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
STEFAN My name is Raymond Lemstra and I live in Amsterdam. I mostly make small sized drawings with pencil on paper, amongst other things. It’s important to me that there’s a strong sense of dedication to the basic materials in my drawings. In most of my work I play with facial recognition, geometrical shapes and selective emphasis. I recently moved into a new studio with my dear friend Wayne Horse.
COB? For business or for holiday?
RAYMOND A bit of both. I went to look up friends and meet some people for business.
COB? What will be your next destination?
RAYMOND That would be Berlin for the Pictoplasma 10 year anniversary group exhibition or Copenhagen for a group exhibition with some good friends. Looking forward to both!
COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
RAYMOND Yes I do. I love the silence of travelling itself. And once I have arrived at my destination, I suck up all the new shapes and colors I encounter. Also the new people I meet give me new thoughts or make me aware of possibilities I wouldn’t have thought of by myself.
COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
RAYMOND I really enjoy the experience of eating on an airplane, it’s a shame the food itself is usually so disappointing though. So, I basically agree with my friend Stefan on this one. In an airplane it would be chicken. But if Stefan is cooking, I’d choose steak every time!
COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
RAYMOND If it’s like a Crusoe thing I would bring a castle with a modern central heating system and a lot of food and drinks in it, some rugged outdoor survival wear with lots of pockets, a box containing thousands of knives, guns and lighters. And last but not least my loved ones on bikes. If it were just for relaxation I would bring my girl, bath towels, music, food and drinks.
COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
RAYMOND Wayne Horse.
COB? Thanks a lot Raymond!