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solo exhibition

Opening April 21st, 2023


Arch Enemy Arts presents FOOL’S GAMBIT, an exciting exhibition of sixteen new paintings by Seattle-based artist Erich J. Moffitt. Stylistically rendered atop real, artisanal chess sets, each painting recreates each of the sixteen chess pieces from the dark side of a chess board. Pawns, bishops, rooks, and knights are all recast as classic animal characters, saturated with the same magic, fantasy, and romantic symbolism for which Moffitt’s work is known. 


Unique to this series is the surface of Moffitt’s work. Moffitt cleverly uses the object of the chess board for both narrative inspiration and material function, incorporating the very idea behind the series as his physical canvas. Moffitt explains, “This series is all about taking chances and trusting your instincts to guide you. In chess, a fool’s gambit is a high-risk, high-reward strategy. The player’s success relies, in part, on their audacity. In Fool’s Gambit, the characters…work as emotional touchstones, with the game boards acting as metaphors for the viewer’s journey through the heart and mind.”


Erich J. Moffitt grew up in Europe and currently works just outside of Seattle, Washington. He studied Illustration and Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and his work has been exhibited and collected worldwide. Arch Enemy Arts is proud to have displayed Moffitt’s work in nearly twenty shows since 2014. FOOL’S GAMBIT marks his second solo feature with the gallery. 


To read more about the series in Moffitt's own words, you can find AEA’s exclusive e-interview with the artist HERE.

- written by Candice Musher 

Erich J. Moffitt's FOOL'S GAMBIT exhibition will be on view from April 21st - May 14th, 2023
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