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Purling London Art Chess are individually hand painted by specially commissioned British-based artists and no two sets are the same. From established figures to rising stars of the Contemporary Art scene, Purling has collaborated with 20 artists to date, including Kate Brinkworth, Inkie and Olivia Pilling. 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 and Director, Purling London
NETTE ROBINSON is a chess player, professional jazz singer and artist. Modernist movements such as Constructivism, Futurism and De Stijl have been hugely influential throughout her artistic development. She is drawn to works with clean lines, geometric shapes and strong tonal and colour contrasts. This is evident in many of her works, including her unique paintings depicting famous master chess games that were exhibited at her solo show 2014 in Mayfair. She studied Fine Art with Music at Chichester, graduating in 2002, and from this time has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions.
“Russia, and in particular, Russian architecture, provided the inspiration for my second chess set. Arguably, the most iconic building in Russia is the beautiful and fantastical St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow. This wonderful and colourful building represents the Black pieces. The White pieces for my chess set are based on another stunning piece of architecture to be found in Moscow, the exquisite white and gold-domed cathedral, Christ the Saviour.”
This chess set is sold, but please contact us to discuss commissioning our artist Nette Robinson to create a unique chess set inspired by famous architecture, cities or other desired themes.