Curriculum Vitae

Sacha de Leeuw | Schriftbeeldhouwer sinds 1994

Ik ben letterontwerper, letterhakker en beeldhouwer sinds 1994, na een opleiding aan de Amsterdamse Grafische School en de kunstacademie in Den Haag. Ik woon in de Nieuwmarktbuurt en werk op cultureel bedrijventerrein De 1800 Roeden in Amsterdam. Ik heb in de loop der jaren veel letters aangebracht en gereconstrueerd in de stad, onder meer voor de Hermitage Amsterdam, de Zuiderkerktoren en 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

Ik heb met de hand getekende letters in natuursteen gehouwen sinds ik in 1994 de Haagse Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag verliet, waar ik Grafisch en Typografisch Ontwerp en Letterontwerpen  studeerde.

Ik ben gespecialiseerd in letterontwerp, gedenktekens, plaquettes en kunstprojecten in leisteen, kalksteen en marmer, voornamelijk uit Europese steengroeven. Ook heb ik me beziggehouden met onderzoek en reconstructie van (deels) verdwenen of verweerde letters in natuursteen.

Mijn inspiratie is hedendaagse en historische belettering, letterontwerpen, kalligrafie, typografie en tekst. Mijn doel is om stenen, letters en teksten naar hun bedoelde eenheid te vormen en deze elementen te combineren tot meer dan de som van de delen.

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 | Schriftbeeldhouwer

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

 

 

TRAINING

1988-1990 RTO and preprint at the Amsterdamse Grafische School in Amsterdam

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

          Hague.

 

COURSES

1993- Lettercarving by lettering artist Michael Harvey.

1996- Restoring relief by sculptor and restorer Jan Hilbers.

2005- Gilding at the National Restoration Centre in Amsterdam.

2006- Natural stone restauration at the National Restauration Centre in Amsterdam.

2018- Bronze casting

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

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

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

1995- Logo design for Origin (Philips) Eindhoven,

1995- Lettercarving for sculptor Nikki van Es,

1996- Design & lettercarving 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, lettercarving & gilding facade  tenement building for The Association of

         Owners 'Baanderij' Amsterdam,

2008- Design & lettercarving sculpture for The Heritage Foundation Amsterdam,  

2008- Design & lettercarving sculpture and artwork for Consortium Grensmaas 

          Maastricht,

2009- Lettercarving memorial plaque for Museum The Hermitage Amsterdam,

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

          v.d. Vondel for The Dylan Hotel and the VVAG, Amsterdam,

2011- Design & lettercarving a commemorative tree ring for The Raad van 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 & lettercarving memorial plaque for Foundation De Basis,

2013- Design & lettercarving 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 Ooster Begraafplaats (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 'Beeld & Tuin' Amsterdam.

 

PRIVATE COMMISSIONS

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

 

EXHIBITIONS

1996- Gallery Speijer & Vogtschmidt Amsterdam,

2000- Furniture gallery Formaat Rotterdam,

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

 

2005- Store/Gallery 'XCLSV' Amsterdam.

2006- Dedicon, Library for the blind, Amsterdam.

2007- Centre 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- De Beeldentuin 'Beeld & Tuin' at de 1800 Roeden Amsterdam

2021- Gallery Kunsthaar Amsterdam

 

Registered as letter- and reliefcarver 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)

Lettercarving in Stone

Gilding

Calligraphy and Lettering

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