WIllum Morsch is Dutch artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in Amsterdam.  He mainly works in watercolour and digital media.  As someone who is a chess enthusiast, he has created artworks on this theme, including these Art  Chess Ornaments for Purling London.

‘Hiding in plain sight’ was the idea behind dazzle camouflage patterns, invented by British artist Norman Wilkinson during World War I to protect ships from being attacked: their colour scheme made it difficult for the enemy to recognise and gauge distances.

The stark contrasting angular shapes cut across the features of the knight and merge together as you turn it, resulting in an image, which is eye-catching and unexpected..

These knights might give you quite a different view on art and chess, as they invade your opponent’s fortress by hiding in plain sight.

Willum Morsch ‘Trojan Dazzle Knight #1’

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Queen's Gambit stamps by Willum Morsch
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ stamps by Willum Morsch
Queen's Gambit stamps Beth Harmon by Willum Morsch
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ stamps ‘Beth Harmon’ by Willum Morsch
Willum Morsch chess knights in progress
‘Dazzle Knights’ in progress
Queens Gambit stamps Harry Beltik by Willum Morsch
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ stamps ‘Harry Beltik’ by Willum Morsch
Queens Gambit stamps by Willum Morsch on a chess board
‘The Queen’s Gambit stamps by Willum Morsch

Recently Willum Morsch designed a series of stamps based on the popular Netflix show ‘The Queen’s Gambit’.

‘I have been drawing chess portraits for a few years now and with another GM tournament coming up it was either another Carlsen, Caruana and Giri, or try to give it a different angle. I imagined how it would have been for the great characters in the fabulous series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ to visit that tournament, which is played every year by amateurs and masters alike, battling it out in the same hall. Alas, not this year. The stamps should convey the time jump between now and then.’

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The ‘Dazzle Ship’ inspired camouflage of Willum Morsch x Purling London Art Chess ornaments
Queen's Gambit stamps Vasily Borgov by Willum Morsch
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ stamps ‘Vasily Borgov’ by Willum Morsch
Queens Gambit stamps by Willum Morsch with Purling chess pieces
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ stamps with Purling Bold Chess
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Willum Morsch ‘Trojan Dazzle Knight #1’
Willum Morsch‘Trojan Dazzle Knight #1’