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.
“Take the Challenge” and “Like Water”
“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.
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