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FRED MANN is a prize-winning contemporary British artist who studied fine art at The University of the Arts, London. His extensive travel around the world and subsequent training in both fine art and digital media, greatly informs his continuously evolving creative work.
“My chess set was inspired by the idea of the each piece being like it’s own island, it’s own cosmos. There was something appealing to me about both sides of the chessboard being like a horde of tiny island states united against the other opponent. I wanted it to seem like each game would be like capturing land of the other and/or protecting the sovereignty of your own state. The details depict a circumferential landscape view of the island represented. The more important the piece in the set is, the more superior and asymmetrically adorned the island and details become.”
Purling London Art Chess sets are individually hand painted by specially commissioned British and international artists and no two sets are the same. From established figures to rising stars of the Contemporary Art scene, Purling has collaborated with 30 artists to date, including Sophie Matisse, Inkie and Thierry Noir. Complete with a numbered certificate signed by the artist and our deluxe, Birds-eye maple boards; each hand-carved, triple-weighted Art Chess is a miniature sculptural masterpiece.
“When I look at our Art Chess sets, I see a contemporary painting over a three dimensional surface. I want to explore the pieces from every angle, look around them and hold them. As I play Art Chess I see a moving and evolving painting, with opposing colours and sides mixing and integrating. The game of chess is a creative art form in itself and for me, it is perfect to play it with a unique and beautiful set. ”
Simon Purkis, Founder, Purling London