Curriculum vitae

Sacha de Leeuw | Scripture sculptor since 1994

I have been a type designer, letter chopper and sculptor since 1994, after training at the Amsterdam Graphic School and the art academy in The Hague. I live in the Nieuwmarktbuurt and work at the cultural business park De 1800 Roeden in Amsterdam. Over the years I have applied and reconstructed many letters in the city, including for the Hermitage Amsterdam, the Zuiderkerktoren and Artis.

I am a lettering designer, lettercutter and sculptor since 1994, following my training at the Amsterdam Graphic Design School and Graphic and Typographic Design at the Art Academy in The Hague. I live in the Nieuwmarktbuurt and work at De 1800 Roeden cultural business park in Amsterdam. Over the years, I have cut and reconstructed many letters in the city, including the Hermitage Amsterdam, the Zuiderkerktoren and Artis.

Sacha de Leeuw Tekst- en beeldhouwer

I have been carving hand-drawn letters in natural stone since I left the Hague Academy of Art in The Hague in 1994, where I studied Graphic and Typographic Design and Letter Design.  studied.

I specialize in type design, memorials, plaques and art projects in slate, limestone and marble, mainly from European quarries. I have also been involved in research and reconstruction of (partially) lost or weathered letters in natural stone.

My inspiration is contemporary and historical lettering, type designs, calligraphy, typography and text. My goal is to shape stones, letters and texts into their intended unity and to combine these elements into more than the sum of their parts.

I have been carving hand drawn lettering in natural stone since I left the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague in 1994 where I studied Graphic and Typographic Design and Typeface Design.

I specialize in lettering design, memorials, plaques and art projects in slate, limestone and marble, mainly from European quarries. I have also dealt with the research and reconstruction of (partly) vanished or weathered lettering in natural stone.

My inspiration is contemporary and historic lettering, typeface design, calligraphy, typography and text. My aim is to shape stones, letters and texts towards their intended unity and in so doing create more than the sum of its parts.

Sacha de Leeuw | script sculptor

Joris van den Berghweg 101 Hall H 0.04,1067 HP Amsterdam

 

 

TRAINING

1988-1990 RTO and preprint at the Amsterdam Graphic School in Amsterdam

1990-1994 Graphic and Typographic Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The

      hague.

 

COURSES

1993- Letter carving by lettering artist Michael Harvey.

1996- Restoring relief by sculptor and restorer Jan Hilbers.

2005- Gilding at the National Restoration Center in Amsterdam.

2006- Natural stone restoration at the National Restoration Center in Amsterdam.

2018- Bronze casting

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

1994- Coloring memorial plaque for the Theo Thijssen Museum Amsterdam,

1994- Letter carving for Corn. De Haan and the municipality of Laren,

1995- Logo design for Origin (Philips) Eindhoven,

1995- Letter carving for sculptor Nikki van Es,

1996- Design & letter carving for sculptor Hans Bayens and The Lions Club Hilversum,

1998- Design & lettercarving artwork for Fred and Yolanda de Leeuw Amsterdam,

1999- Co-sculpting, design & lettercarving for author/artist Atte Jongstra and the  

      municipality Ooststellingwerf,

2005-Design, letter carving & gilding facade  tenement building for The Association of

      Owners 'Baanderij' Amsterdam,

2008- Design & letter carving sculpture for The Heritage Foundation Amsterdam, 

2008- Design & lettercarving sculpture and artwork for Consortium Grensmaas  

      Maastricht,

2009- Letter carving memorial plaque for Museum The Hermitage Amsterdam,

2009- Reconstructiondesign, lettering and gilding the 'Poortje van van Campen' text J.  

      vd Vondel for The Dylan Hotel and the VVAG, Amsterdam,

2011- Design & lettercarving a commemorative tree ring for The Council of State  

      (Council of the State) The Hague,

2012- Design & lettercarving headstone for The Oude Kerk/Old Church  Amsterdam  

      and the  Esse Non Vederi Foundation,

2012- Design & letter carving memorial plaque for Foundation De Basis,

2013- Design & letter carving memorial plaque for Artis zoo Amsterdam,

2013- Design & lettercarving sculpture/plaque for author/artist/curator Atte Jongstra  

      and The National Museum Twente,

2014- Design & lettercarving memorial plaque for the Zuiderkerk/South Church  

      Amsterdam,

2015- Design & lettercarving sculpture base for sculptor Marianne van den Heuvel and  

      The Eastern Cemetery (Cemetery) Amsterdam,

2016- Design & lettercarving memorial plaque for the City-hall of Deventer.

2019- Founding Stone for De Hilversumsche Golfclub Hilversum.

2019- Founding Stone for 'Image & Garden' Amsterdam.

 

PRIVATE COMMISSIONS

1994- now: gravestones, memorial plaques, garden features, art &c.

 

EXHIBITIONS

1996- Gallery Speijer & Vogtschmidt Amsterdam,

2000- Furniture gallery Format Rotterdam,

2003- Scryption, Museum of Scripture and Writing Arts in Tilburg.

 

2005- Store/Gallery 'XCLSV' Amsterdam.

2006- Dedicon, Library for the blind, Amsterdam.

2007- Center for International Heritage Activities in Amsterdam.

2008 - 2012 Own Gallery/workshop and shop in the city center of Amsterdam.

2015-Now Own Gallery/workshop on the 1800 Roeden in Amsterdam

2017- Pulchri The Hague

2019- Lettering Arts Trust Snape Maltings UK

2019- The Sculpture Garden 'Image & Garden' at the 1800 Roeden Amsterdam

2021- Gallery Kunsthaar Amsterdam

 

Registered as letter- and relief carver at the Friends of Amsterdamse Gevelstenen and Friends of the Amsterdamse Binnenstad.

 

Full Member at Letter Exchange London, a professional organization dedicated to the promotion of lettering in all media.

 

OWN WORKSHOP

(on occasion)

Letter carving in Stone

gilding

Calligraphy and Lettering

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