About Check Mate

Throughout my career I have focused my energy on creating highly detailed surreal representational work. The creation of the chess set represents the challenge of meshing the past with the present genres and the pursuit of continuing to push the envelope in my creative journey.


The art of war and strategies is the essence of the game of chess.  My goal by designing a thematic chess set was to increase the sense of opposition between the two sides.  As the design progressed, I also experienced a sense of fusion and complementarity between the two opposite sides. This theme relates to the evolution of styles and conceptions we have about what art means.


Figurative Side:

- The world is perceived and expressed with recognizable elements we can reference to perceived reality, the representational world.

Abstract Side:

-The world as we conceptualize it with arbitrary elements that are ways of expressing how we value the contexts in which we understand it, the abstract world.  Some elements may still be recognizable but they are just there to suggest and let the viewer form their own conclusions.


A Guide to a Functional Artwork.

This Chess Set created by Gil Bruvel is a work of Functional Art.

Even so, this artwork is meant to be enjoyed as a game. The pieces have purpose. The squares are a battlefield. With each game, the pieces will slowly obtain a natural patina on the metal. The Lucite that covers the squares can easily be replaced with glass if you prefer. The board will be subjected to bumps and dings. Do not fret, for this artwork was meant to sustain such damages. This will not diminish the value of the artwork.  Like any other board game, the chess set comes to life when it is in action.

 I invite you to enjoy this artwork to its fullest potential.


Medium:  Playing Pieces are Stainless Steel and Bronze; the Board is Wood and Resin

Dimensions:  Board is 37.5" x 37.5" x 3 1/4", Playing Pieces Range from 4" to 7" in Height

30 Signed and Numbered Editions