I have been recently helping a friend of mine who is a Painter called Robert Meldrum. He made a series of Sculptures based on Chess sets last summer and now he is developing them with industry as a very serious item that can be used for both sighted and non sighted players. I have been helping him along with another friend in testing them at various stages as well as some transcription work. There very non academic, and they are designed as the sort of board you would want to relax with at a beach rather than a cafe, but there design is showing some innovation. They have gone beyond there original formats and are now including a new robustly designed and immediate textual notational language embedded in the pieces format as well as original ideas involving the use of contrast taken from the sculptures. Its exciting and I will post an up date here on this project in a couple of months time.
For now he has offered the Sale of one of his paintings, called Volcano, exclusively on BTS (Braille Transcription Service), with the funds for its sale going straight into this chess project. Volcano is a collage painting and uses a variety of different materials. The Volcano is shown situated on a beach side and is built out of foam board attached proud to a simple plywood base cut to classic dormant swooping volcano shape. Below this he has used astral turf which has been recessed into the plywood and partly filled with plaster of Paris. This has dried reducing the amount of astral turf visible creating an arid landscape below. (the effect in itself is like layers of a cake which also gives it a geographic illustrative feel). Next is the sea and for this he has used a thin strip of blue pool cover. This has a nice bubbled pattern and also gives the ocean an association to the effects of global warming. Below this is the flat sea bed stretching all the way down to the bottom of the painting where finally a recessed layer of bright orange paint depicts a layer of magma going right across the bottom of the composition. The painting is 130 x 180cm and will need very secure hanging as well as care when being moved. It is a smaller version of a larger Volcano picture that was built as part of an installation involving sculptures of Squids as well, that is also shown in an illustration.
The painting is available at an exclusive price of £3500 pounds and clients are welcome to come and check it out by getting in touch direct with me.
Below is an image of the Volcano painting as well as an additional photo showing the larger version with the Sculptures of Squids. Please do get in touch while the offer stands and check back soon for future updates on this chess project.