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Le Méridien Piccadilly continues Doinel Gallery exhibition series with launch of 'Chess Portraits' by Francesco Ridolfi

Chess Portraits' by Francesco Ridolfi
Le Méridien Piccadilly has unveiled the third in its series of exhibitions curated by Doinel Gallery, displayed in the hotel’s Terrace Grill & Bar. Chess Portraits by Italian photographer Francesco Ridolfi is a collection of 12 images representing the six characters from each side of the chessboard - Queen, King, Rook, Bishop, Knight and Pawn. Ridolfi photographed the same models in contrasting black and white outfits to create a ‘set of archetypes that convey different aspects of human nature’. 

Self-taught Ridolfi’s meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout the series, from the elaborate, custom-made costumes to the impeccably-cast characters - the end result is a striking and contemplative observation on dualism in human nature.  In addition to Ridolfi’s photography, Doinel Gallery has curated a second exhibition showing the work of Tony Ellwood in The Piccadilly Health Club also opening today.  

To complement the stunning photography, Le Méridien Piccadilly’s Executive Head Chef, Michael Dutnall, has created a Chess Afternoon Tea which will be available in the Terrace Grill & Bar throughout the exhibition. The afternoon tea will feature a chequered bitter chocolate tart, sable biscuits in the shape of a Knight’s horse and a Queen’s opera cake complete with golden crown. . The Chess Afternoon Tea will be on sale throughout the duration of the exhibition for £29 per person.  

Ridolfi is a successful commercial photographer and Chess Portraits is his first fine art series.  Explaining his thoughts behind the concept, he says “I have always been fascinated by the game of chess. When I was a child, my father taught me the rules and we used to play together. To me, the most interesting part of the whole undertaking was the chance to portray the same character both in Black and White. My aim was to highlight the different and sometimes contradictory parts of human nature that often coexist inside each of us.”  

Doinel Gallery specialises in bringing visually sophisticated fine-art photography to an international collector-base, through art fairs, events and partnerships at a variety of locations around the world. As a ‘moving gallery’ with roots in London, Doinel’s unique approach allows it to constantly adapt, bringing artist and collector together. The creative collaboration between the hotel and gallery launched in August 2014 with Peter Arnold’s eye-catching Flowers series and has since seen the wild animals of Brad Wilson’s Affinity displayed in the hotel.  

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts worldwide are committed to bringing their guests a new perspective on art. 

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