The black and white chess paintings come from a period when I was thinking about fairly direct visualizations of information to generate paintings, both as a statement about a kind of formalist practice and also about a kind of generative conceptual practice. The paintings are from 2000–01, and since then there has been a huge growth in the number of illustrators and graphics people working in this area, and to some degree an uptick in the number of fine artists doing similar things.

These paintings show a particular chess match between Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue.