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Olivia Pilling

Olivia Pilling studio and hand painted chess sets

Olivia Pilling is a Northern England-based artist working with acrylic, brush and resin. She graduated from Nottingham Trent with a BA in Fine Art; and has had significant exhibitions at centres of art in London, Lancashire and Cheshire.

One of Olivia Pilling’s popular Art Chess Sets has been recreated in virtual reality for Ripstone’s computer game Chess Ultra.  See an image of the fantastic actual game footage here.

Olivia Pilling hand painted chess set purple v blue

I used strong compulsive separate brushstrokes, to build layers of saturated rich colour on the surface of the Chess pieces with little blending of the paint. I find inspiration in Russian Folk art with its stylized look, strong colour, pronounced use of black and repetitive patterned detail. The resin coating was used to encapsulate the colour of the surface giving the pieces a jewel-like, glistening quality. I wanted them to look precious, like individual pieces of treasure.

Olivia Pilling

Olivia Pilling hand painted chess set purple v yellow

We are delighted to be able to offer a bespoke service for our Art games. If you would like to enquire further about commissioning Olivia Pilling 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.

Olivia Pilling Chess Ultra, collage and hand painted chess set

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