The Couture Chess, by Tony Raymonzrek which is available from Debut Contemporary Gallery is a fabulous work of art as well as an exciting game. Purling London Couture Chess aspires to be the ultimate expression of chess and art. They are ambitious one-off works by British based contemporary artists which combine Purling London’s professional grade, 34 piece, triple weighted chess set with vital and thought provoking messaging; and a truly unforgettable game experience.
Tony is a London based artist with 35 years of experience in practicing and studying different mediums and styles. He is self-taught and employs a mixed technique that brings together the worlds of art, photography and fashion. His arts have been a voyage of self-discovery and are a complement to modern interiors, colours and dimensions. Tony likes to reflect political, historical, and scientific concepts through his own experimentation and his inspirations come from the most unlikely and hidden places.
T. Raymonzrek describes his approach to the Couture Chess table:
“I wanted to create a chess set that reflects the on-going battle over scarce resources such as gold and oil. The chess pieces are intentionally painted to reflect these commodities. The added feature of pressing a button to eliminate your enemy, by setting off smoke over the board, is a representation of a chemical attack; a real and present danger in modern warfare. Gas masks are supplied for both players, to bring an added sense of realism and fuller effect of the danger. The button is to act as a dirty tactic.. Either player, at any time during the game, can set off the dirty bomb as a sign of weakness and evil; if they so choose. What would it take for the player to decide the only way out is to completely extinguish the enemy with a chemical attack? This technically makes him a winner, but leaves him as a moral loser.
My main motivation is art itself. My intention for this artwork is to raise awareness of the dangers of advanced military technology and modern warfare in the wake of ever more scarce and valuable resources in our 21st Century. As competition for these finite commodities gets stronger, the potential use of dirty tactics such as chemical attacks are more likely to happen. This threatens our world peace, and deserves attention.”
Couture Chess by T.Raymonzrek is over £50,000 and available at Debut Contemporary, Notting Hill, London. The Exhibition is at Debut Contemporary Gallery, 82 Westbourne Grove, , LondonW2 5RT until 31st July 2014.