Born in Sicily, Francesco Jacobello grew up surrounded by historical Italian art. His work has a classical background with a modern feel, created in black biro, pencil, pastel, gold, silver and copper leaf, pen and ink and water colour.  Often referencing cultural icons in psychedelic space, on paper or objects such as guitars. 

For the past twenty years Francesco has been based in London and exhibiting across Europe, including his solo retrospective “AWAKENING” in Hull, Yorkshire April-May 2019. Much of his work is held in private collections around the world.

He has several beautiful chess sets for Purling , using his characteristic motifs of leaves and tendrills, often created from individually and meticulously hand-cut copper leaf. 

My design was influenced by my series of autumn-inspired drawings. The design demonstrates the continuous seasonal changes of nature. The golden leaves announce the end of summer and prepare life for the big sleep of winter. Each leaf was drawn in paper, painted with golden metallic ink and applied onto the chess pieces, giving every single one of them a uniqueness of a small and classic work of art.

Francesco Jacobello

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Video – Francesco Jacobello working
Francesco Jacobello Blowng in the Wind
Francesco Jacobello ‘Blowng in the Wind’ (extract)

yellow, purple and gold decorated chess pieces
Art Chess by Francesco Jacobello ‘Summer in progress