Raymond Lemstra

About Raymond : In childhood, one encounters and experiences many things for the first time. Through curiosity and imagination, these moments are lifted to almost magical heights.

As you get older, new impressions become more scarce and it’s a rare experience to be suprised by anything. 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.

With my work I like to refer to the illustrative nature of primitive drawings and sculptures. What I find interesting about these is the distortion as a result of selective emphasis; parts of interest are emphasized, unimportant parts reduced or left out. For characters this means they come out big headed, where focus is on the face and the body is trimmed to its essential properties.

I deliberately apply this primitive logic as a method. But I don’t apply it equally to all aspects of my work. Instead, I choose to use a very mature, highly laboursome technique for the execution of my work.

This contrast, between the naive and sophisticated, gives the work a somewhat awkward taste. A clash of intent, simultaniously assuming simplicity and complexity, randomness and reason, flaws and perfection. The purpose of which is to inspire a sense of joy and discovery.

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  1. #1 by Rebecca on april 24, 2013 - 2:15 am

    Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring
    on other websites? I have a blog based upon on the same topics you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my viewers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  2. #2 by Basil on maj 11, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    May I simply just say what a comfort to find somebody that really knows
    what they are discussing on the internet. You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people ought to read this and understand this side of the story.
    I was surprised that you aren’t more popular given that you most certainly possess the gift.

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