Francesco Jacobello - bespoke games
Francesco Jacobello at work, “Horse and I” and Art Chess by Francesco Jacobello “Winter”

Born in Sicily, Francesco Jacobello grew up surrounded by historical Italian art. His work has a classical background with a modern feel, created in black biro, pencil, pastel, gold, silver and copper leaf, pen and ink and water colour.  Often referencing cultural icons in psychedelic space, on paper or objects such as guitars. 

For the past twenty years Francesco has been based in London and exhibiting across Europe, including his solo retrospective “AWAKENING” in Hull, Yorkshire April-May 2019. Much of his work is held in private collections around the world.

He has several beautiful chess sets and a backgammon set for Purling London, using his characteristic motifs of leaves and tendrills, often created from individually and meticulously hand-cut copper leaf.  This one-off backgammon set, entitled ‘Autumn Rain’ is one such set.  It was inspired by the rusty copper colour of leaves in Autumn and the gentleness of the first rain of the season.

blue and gold backgammon set
Art Backgammon by Francesco Jacobello “Autumn Rain”
Francesco Jacobello working
ornate chess set
Purling Art Chess by Francesco Jacobello “Winter”
Meet the artist – Francesco Jacobello by DR Films

Francesco Jacobello talks about the motivation for one of his latest chess sets:

My design was influenced by my series of autumn-inspired drawings. The design demonstrates the continuous seasonal changes of nature. The golden leaves announce the end of summer and prepare life for the big sleep of winter. Each leaf was drawn in paper, painted with golden metallic ink and applied onto the chess pieces, giving every single one of them a uniqueness of a small and classic work of art.

Francesco Jacobello

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Black and white chess set
Purling Art Chess by Francesco Jacobello “Winter”

drawing by artist Francesco Jacobello
AWAKENING solo retrospective of Francesco Jacobello

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ornate gold chess pieces
Art Chess by Francesco Jacobello “Summer”
white and copper chess set and portrait by Francesco Jacobello
Art Chess by Francesco Jacobello “Autunno” and “Blowing in the Wind”