Michelle Hold was born in Munich and grew up in Innsbruck, Austria where she began studying architecture. She has subsequently broadened her artistic horizons, studying and exploring other genres such as fine art, fashion and textiles in Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Munich and London. She has worked with important designers in the fashion business and is credited as having designed and created new materials for them. Michelle is currently living in Italy and is following her lifetime passion of creating bold works of art. She is committed to demonstrating in her work sensitivity and subtlety in colour and tone, light and space.

She exhibits internationally, both in solo exhibitions, including her recent “Fragile Beauty” in Venice, as well as in group shows across Italy, the USA and London.  Aside from exhibitions, a selection of her work can be viewed at Piano Institute, London.

Michelle Hold was shortlisted for RiseArt Prize and was the Winner of the Premio Nazionale Collectionart37.  

Her Art Chess Sets are on a theme and both use rich colours and gold leaf.  Learn more about Michelle Hold’s motivation behind these chess sets:

‘Take the Challenge’ and ‘Like Water’ chess sets

These chess sets draw influence from my new series of paintings for ‘Warriors of Light’, which were created for my solo show at Debut Contemporary in May 2015. Each of the chess sets is accompanied by a sentence from bestselling author Paulo Coelho:

A Warrior of Light has learned to deal with the challenges of the moment.

I interpret this as taking the right decision and accepting the challenges faced as part of the learning process.

The Warrior of Light sometimes behaves like water.

To me the significance of this sentences is in learning to adapt to any situation just as water does.

Michelle Hold

For more information about Michelle Hold visit: www.michellehold.com

chess set with one side painted in shades of blue and the other in orange
Art Chess by Michelle Hold ‘Like Water’
Michelle Hold hand painted Take the Challenge chess set
Art Chess by Michelle Hold ‘Take the Challenge

We are delighted to be able to offer a bespoke service for our Art games. If you would like to enquire further about commissioning Michelle Hold to create a unique hand-painted Art Chess, Backgammon, Checkers or Chutes/Snakes & Ladders set specially for you, please get in touch via our Contact Form below.

Artist Michelle Hold working on a bespoke Art Chess set
Michelle Hold working on a bespoke Art Chess
Artist Michelle Hold bespoke Art Chess set pre-lacquering
Michelle Hold’s completed Bespoke Art Chess pre-lacquering
Challenge sketch
Working sketch for a bespoke commission – ‘Challenge’
Soft Touch sketch
Working sketch for a bespoke commission – ‘Soft Touch’
Everlasting Intention by Michelle Hold (extract)
Everlasting Intention by Michelle Hold (extract)
'Getting out of the Cage' painting by Michelle Hold
‘Getting out of the Cage’ by Michelle Hold
Faithful sketch
Working sketch for a bespoke commission – ‘Faithful’
Nothing is Impossible sketch
Working sketch for a bespoke commission – ‘Nothing is Impossible’
Art Chess by Michelle Hold ‘Like Water’
Artist Michelle Hold adding the finishing touches to a bespoke Art Chess set
Michelle Hold adding the finishing touches to a bespoke Art Chess set
'Timeless' painting by Michelle Hold
‘Timeless’ by Michelle Hold
blue and orange painted chess pieces
Bespoke chess set in progress

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