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.
One of Daniela Raytchev’s recent Art Chess sets, Metropolis II is inspired by America’s recent controversial withdrawal from the Paris agreement, which magnified the scale of denial about the reality and dangers of the climate change.
Raytchev poses the question as to whether the challenge of climate change can be seen as an opportunity to demand and build a better world? Climate change has consequences not only on the natural world and its weather patterns, including severe droughts, wildfires, floods and lack of water, affecting food supplies and living conditions, but it also poses a threat to the human rights, with particularly devastating consequences for poorer nations and communities already suffering from inequality and racism. Africa is the home of 7 of the ten countries most threatened by climate change. The economic and social effects are enormous.
The chess set’s industrial looking gold pieces, which represent human force and capitalism, are in ongoing ‘battle’ with the white spiked pieces with blue marble-like effect, representing the nature and the planet Earth. Raytchev agrees with Naomi Klein in regarding “climate change as a battle between capitalism and the planet”.
Raytchev’s work is gaining more of a political and social character. She addresses her ideologies and support for racial, gender and sexual equality as well as for various environmental causes. As with her past mental health-related works, she continues to encourage honesty, equality, and empowerment of those who are less fortunate or discriminated against, through raising awareness of issues about which she feels passionate.
“Fear can’t be the driver. That’s the big mistake the environmental movement made – “we’ll scare the hell out of you and you’ll become an activist” There has to be a counter-narrative that we can have a different economy with more, better jobs.”
- Hand-painted 1 of 1 with signed certificate
- Boxwood, acrylic paint, modelling clay, resin, gold leaf, bubble wrap, lacquer, leather
- Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery
- Chess board 55 x 55 cm (approx. 22 x 22″), weight 7.3 kg (16 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 10.9 kg (approx .24 lb)
- Purling London branded leather felts and packaging
- Hand-finished in London, England
- Complimentary express global shipping