Chess

The main attraction of chess was its potential for symbolism. After all, it is a game of archetypes. At first I arranged the pieces on the chessboard, but as the series developed, the pieces ventured off the board into other still-life situations. I have been amazed at how the most familiar objects can take on so much new, surprising meaning when these chess pieces are part of the scene.

 

At first I thought that graphite would be the perfect medium for this series - doing chess scenes in black and white seemed very fitting.  But as I worked I discovered that sometimes a drawing needed to be in colour.  There was no "reason" for this - I just felt that some pieces would work better in colour, others in black and white. Sometimes the colours are symbolic themselves, other times I choose them simply because they work best artistically.

 

Magnifying Glass
Magnifying Glass

20 x 28" Coloured pencil on paper

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Now the Moon
Now the Moon

24 1/2 x 15" Graphite on paper

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A Knock at the Door
A Knock at the Door

12 1/2 x 16 1/2" Coloured pencil on paper

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The Space Between
The Space Between

16 x 21 1/2" Coloured pencil on paper

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The Joust
The Joust

12 1/2 x 18 1/2" Graphite on paper

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Walking Shadow
Walking Shadow

18 x 25" Coloured pencil on paper

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Through a Glass Darkly
Through a Glass Darkly

12 x 16" Graphite on paper

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On the Way Home
On the Way Home

18 x 25" Coloured pencil on paper

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Angel
Angel

22 x 14" Coloured pencil on paper

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The Ring
The Ring

12 x 16" Graphite on paper

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Inner Space
Inner Space

20 x 16" Coloured pencil on paper

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Hatched
Hatched

12 1/2 x 16 1/2" Graphite on paper

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To Let
To Let

16 x 20" Coloured pencil on paper

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The Wide Field
The Wide Field

18 1/2 x 24 1/2" Coloured pencil on paper

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Sentinels
Sentinels

15 x 20" Graphite on paper

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The Dispute
The Dispute

16 x 14" Coloured pencil on paper

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