Virginia Griffith-Jones is an artist based in Kent. Her artistic journey has taken her from focussing on traditional themes such as still life and landscapes using both oil and watercolour, to multi-media reinterpretations of classical themes with a contemporary slant. By changing shapes, patterns and colours to evoke certain desired moods and atmospheres, she succeeds in challenging what one perceives as reality. At the same time Virginia Griffith-Jones’ ultimate aim is to portray the joy of life.
“I wanted to have a playful feel to my chess set. By limiting my palette to 4 colours, I allow the painting of the pieces move between shape, line and colour, resulting in a bright, happy and colourful individual piece of art.”
It is very clear from looking at her chess set that Virginia Griffith-Jones is strongly influenced by the influential Russian artist, theorist and teacher at the famous Bauhaus School (1922-1933), Wassily Kandinsky.
“Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated.”
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