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 surprised 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, simultaneously assuming simplicity and complexity, randomness and reason, flaws and perfection. The purpose of which is to inspire a sense of joy and discovery.


TORPORshared exhibition, AF Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
MELANGEsolo exhibition, Ultra de la Rue, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
THE NUTsolo exhibition, The Nut, Shanghai, China.
WHITE NOISEgroup exhibition, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain.
LTD. EDITIONgroup garage sale, Kazerne Zürich, Zurich, Germany.

Pictoplasma Kitchengroup exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
Gallery Opening Kallenbachgroup exhibition, Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Art AmsterdamRooftop Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Grenzeloosgroup exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Kampen, The Netherlands.
Pictoplasmaexhibition and lecture, Berlin, Germany.
“40×30”group exhibition, Gallery LJ, Paris, France.
RAW Art FairRooftop Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Line Weightgroup exhibition, Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles, US.
TWEEshared exhibition with Lennard Schuurmans, Alley Gallery, Hasselt, Belgium.

Spring / Summer Collection, solo exhibition, Pictoplasma, Create Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
EEN WEEKcollaborative group exhibition, GO Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Prints & the Revolution
group exhibition, Rokin 75, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
STROKE ArtfairRooftop Amsterdam, Munich, Germany.
COMMAgroup exhibition, Palazzo Penna and Galleria Miomao, Perugia, Italy.
VORMgroup exhibition with Stefan Glerum and Louis Reith, Neonchocolate, Berlin, Germany.
STROKE ArtfairRooftop Amsterdam, Berlin, Germany.
BLOOOM ArtfairRooftop Amsterdam, Cologne, Germany.
Automne – Hiver 2011solo exhibition, Pictoplasma, Bold Hype Gallery, New York, US.
Pictoplasmalecture, New York, US.
Pictoplasmaexhibition and lecture, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France.

Raymond Lemstra | Sjocosjonshared exhibition with Sjocosjon, AF Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
BLOOOM ArtfairRooftop Amsterdam and AF Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
Het Kabinetgroup exhibition, Studio K, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Vulpes Sus Frater, group exhibition, Rooms Of RedBull, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Ultra de la Ruegroup exhibition, artist exchange Amsterdam – New York, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Ship Of Foolsgroup exhibition, Ship Of Fools, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Date: March 11, 2013