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“This set was inspired by the work of Alain Jacquet and his use of Camouflage in the early 60’s.
I’ve always loved how the colors, pink and grey coexist so well together. An ironic combination, though; soft and cozy alongside the grey of a rainy day. With paralleling opposites, this board sets the stage for battle while opposing pieces await to define their roles. All the 1’s on one side and all the 0’s on the other. As the game progresses, the 1’s and 0’s conjoin and the visual impact starts to take on a life of its own. Just as we see how pink and grey can coexist in harmony, imagine the day our world battles be fought exclusively on a board similar to this one, allowing for zero casualties as war and peace exist hand in hand.”
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