Driven by a keen desire to create, Sanne Terweij (Amsterdam, 1984 ) is capturing that what's fleeting in abstract pieces that unite craftsmanship and art.

As an artist, she gets up-close with her memories, everyday observations and emotions. In her studio full scenes are stripped down and translated into what she finds their essence: colour combinations that speak to your soul.


Wanting to submerge herself in a world filled with soothing and vivid colours, Sanne composes individual squares into larger images that attempt to freeze those fleeting moments in time. 

Often inspired by the way light falls itself and by nature, her colour combinations bring comfort and evoke a sense of promise and possibilities. 

While creating, her method is one of intuitive precision.

A duality that lets her be guided by her gut feeling while using exact chemical processes and laborious historical pigments to manipulate pieces of metal like copper and brass.

It’s this somewhat repetitive method that kindles the calm in a usually quite restless spirit. 

Using a process highly affected by time, to capsulate a fleeting moment, make time and somehow trying to control the uncontrollable, getting a grip on life itself,  a deeper layer of her works.

As her current body of work heavily relies on the process of oxidation, time isn't just Sanne's to defy – it's also her greatest ally.

Intertwined with her work as an artist are Sanne’s other businesses , Insane Backdrops and Insane Productions. 

The pieces of canvas used in her abstract pieces are cuttings and scraps from her hand-painted photography backgrounds.

As Insane Backdrops, she has created pieces for Scotch & Soda, Sevilay Maria and Nanda Hagenaars. 

With her other company, Insane Productions, Sanne has worked as a scenic artist for the hospitality and film industry since 2007. 

The extensive material studies required in this field of work have and will continue to spark inspiration across expertise. 

To see her commercial works, go visit

Galleries - Partners :
Art Company 
Kunst & Co 
NockNock Art
Sanne Terweij


Since I mainly started using metals like brass and copper, focussing on oxidation, I often get asked about my materials and process.

So let me tell you a bit about it, and why I use the materials I currently use.

My process is mainly material driven, though the science behind humans interaction with and reaction to colours play a big role in the subjects that I resonate with.

I create these colour combinations, as a way to capture fleeting moments in time.

Moments that made an impression on me, carved themselves in my soul.

This can be the sun setting, the sunlight shining through the trees, or the serenity of hovering under water on a long dive.

For me these moments often evoke a feeling of hope, freedom and wonder, which I attempt to capture and pass on in my works.

The colours created and the sceneries depicted are images from my own memories, stripped down to the essence, and colour is my language to tell their tale.

So why these materials? 

My focus has been on solid metals lately, and this has been a game changer for me.
In an esthetic way, oxidation and the overall ageing of objects has always intrigued me. I think it brings character and uniqueness, and a strange sort of beauty. 
In my carreer as a scenic artist I have developed a bit of an obsession for these aged objects that we often have to mimic. 
Call it a professional habit ;)

But there was another trigger.

I have been working with paints for a long time now, and I knew paint was made out of several main ingredients: binders, fillers and pigments. 
Simple right? 
But I never really stopped to think where these pigments actually came from. 
A couple years ago I started to read more and more about pigments and their origin. Next to organic pigments from plants or animals, many of them arise in a chemical reaction.

Metals in the ground, reacting to water, oxigen and salts: oxidation. 
They are mined , and then ground to pigments.

Later chemists started to experiment and create corrosive reactions and mixing several metals to create these new, strong and often more stable pigments. 
As it goes, lots of processes have evolved, but many pigments are still created in some sort of oxidation process. 
In a nutshell ;) 

Diving into this history, the idea arose to combine this starting point of many pigments: a reaction in the main material, metal, sometimes adding other pigments. Doing my own experimentation if you will ;)

So this is a first step in creating the colours.
The basics are layed out using various chemical recipes for oxidation. 
This whole process is highly affected by humidity and temperature, so the outcome is never the same! 
After this I add and tweak, trying to control the uncontrollable somehow, and that just never stops to intrigue me.

This is just a small intro to my work, if you are interested in knowing more please feel free to contact me.

Sanne Terweij