News & Reports Jun 24, 2014 | 1:10 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Chris Reddy – Chess Olympiad artist

The 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø is proud to present our official Chess Olympiad artist – Chris Reddy. This art cooperation has received 250,000 NOK (30,000 EUR) from one of our main partners, SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge.

Chris Reddy during the making of the artwork “Chess World”

Chess and art in playful fusion

Producer Kjersti Vikør commented:

We are extremely proud to have Chris Reddy on board as the official artist of the Chess Olympiad! He is an exciting artist who will have an influence on the Chess Olympiad and the city – before, during and after the 2014 Chess Olympiad. This will strengthen the Olympiad’s identity and reputation, and turn the players’ and visitors’ stay in Tromsø into a special experience.

Close-up of Chris Reddy working on "Chess World"

The cooperation is between the 2014 Chess Olympiad, Reddy and KIIL Arts Facilitator, his management. KIIL Arts Facilitator recently received the 250,000 NOK from SpareBank 1 Nord-Norges’ cultural business foundation – to highlight the Chess Olympiad through Reddy’s art.

The artist is from Tromsø and is now based in Norway’s capital Oslo. He draws on various surfaces and composes music, all called ‘Reddymades’. Reddy has an impulsive approach and a lively expression – which corresponds extremely well with the Olympiad’s values: smart, playful and warm.

Reddy himself says:

I want to bomb Tromsø with a visual expression, which those who are there during the Chess Olympiad can either love or hate. Chess is art and art is chess. Art and chess have a closer connection than chess and sport. You need input of all types in order to achieve a good output.

Watch Reddy in action in the Olympiad Arena:

For more information about Reddy, visit:

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