PURLING LONDON ART CHESS sets have been exhibited at Christie’s, Saatchi Gallery and the World Chess Hall of Fame. Many of these 1 of 1, hand-painted works have been the choice of royalty, renowned interior designers, art collectors and chess Grandmasters. Purling has collaborated with over thirty artists, including Sophie Matisse, Mr. Doodle and Thierry Noir. Every Art Chess set is hand-finished in London, England and can be made bespoke to your wishes.
Poem for Chess Temple IV’
Squared-to the Apollonian oeuvre; every symbolic stone is a cypher to the Ultimate,
Confronting the Altars of White and Black, hearing you the Voices of Inside Beyond Unseen.
Fantastically given to riddles, showing truth through visions moves ahead of time.
And deception, the Voice of this Mistress strikes obliquely now?
Them what dwell in the diamond, dust of ether play.
Masters of the Universe or die.
“For Purling London and the World Chess Hall of Fame I wanted to create something that was new to me. As with all of my artworks I approach them as a unique interaction with the structure of the concept in competition with thematerial manifestation of my expression.
The board came first and I was determined to use real diamond dust which I sourced from diamond-cutters in London’s Hatton Garden. This did cause some problems. One shouldn’t complain about an overabundance of diamond dust in one’s life, but the delicate and carefully sprinkling of the shining particles across the board’s surface did lead to ‘finger cramps’, so, be warned anyone attempting some similar endeavour!
When I approached the concept for the chess set and the figures I drew upon my longstanding idea of investigating tangential ideas of ‘Temples’ or sacred spaces within my own idiom in the milieu of contemporary art. It occurred to me to conceive of the dimensions of the chess game, the board and the hierarchy of the chess pieces that there are certain mathematical and social hierarchies contained within the plane of play that may be universal and which could be theoretically drawn upon. And so I created a miniature world with figures inhabiting a parallel ‘sacred’ deep-space grove or other dimensional plane of sorts.
Each piece of this set is built from elemental materials in a Black and White hieroglyphic language. My motivations for its construction came when contemplating black materials and white material sources. I used the darkest, flattest, most matt black acrylic paint in the world ‘Black 2.0’, a new creation made by Stuart Semple’s art laboratory and its counterpoint, ‘Saint’, a titanium white acrylic. Incorporating real diamond dust and high-grade printers ‘diamond dust’ made of shards of glass in both clear and black for the two sets, I also used modelling clays and plaster and moulded reliefs from household objects and sea sponge to create the idiosyncratic, surreal, fantastical, absurd fractal elements, giving the individual pieces each their unique characterisation.
The ‘Temple’ is built in another dimension. Where players, immersed in a temple of crystals and interstellar tides, conquer a world of mysteries, of minds that pulse and move ecstatically enshrined in magical asymmetry. Amongst these avenues of laser-death, levitation, extra sensory sight and chaos, players, priests, rooks and royalty waltz and attack in harmony with the musica universalis. In a zone where all is dedicated to a new Check Mate! To determine Who will be the master for the Universe?”
- Signed, hand-painted 1 of 1
- Diamond dust, boxwood, acrylic paint, sea sponge, French plaster, egg shell, modelling clay, glass, raw paint pigment, leather
- Exhibited at the World Chess Hall of Fame’s ‘Painted Pieces’
- Chess board 55 x 55 cm (approx. 22 x 22″), weight 3kg (6.6 lb)
- Chess pieces 34 hand-carved, triple-weighted, boxwood
- King height 10.2 cm (4″), weight 75 g (approx. 2.65 oz)
- Weight of boxed set including pieces and board 6.6 kg (approx. 14.6 lb)
- Purling London branded leather felts and packaging
- Hand-finished in London, England
- Complimentary express global shipping